Thesis is over (well, almost) and I’m finally done with my education. Need to hunt for a job soon but before that, time to kick back and relax! Or at least finish my draft reviews. So without further ado, I’ll start with Castle Mango 11 which all I’m going to say is “GO! YOROZU!”
Recap: Chapter 10. Yorozu’s mothers discharged from the hospital, his relationship with Satoru improved, hotel room fixed and finally the big reveal which ended with Yorozu contemplating his relationship with Togame.
Yorozu finally made his decision to confront Togame. After work, he headed over to the director’s apartment, only to find a farewell party going on. Instead of running away, in a way he did, the boy hid on the floor below and called Togame.
Going to the kitchen to pick up the call, once Togame realised who was the caller, he went outside instead. Yorozu started by saying he wanted to give back the repair money but his sudden sneeze gave away his position.
Finally, the face to face confrontation we’ve been waiting for! Togame refused the money, citing the reason Ninomiya gave in the previous chapter. Stubborn lil’ Yorozu was adamant about returning the money even if he has to give a little at a time.
But, being the utter foolish adult that he is, Togame refuted that Yorozu should just take it as a consolation money for sexually assaulting a minor. Tsk Togame, you can be an idiot at times.
Crushed, the boy confessed that he never thought of Togame as a pedophile, well not that per se and Satoru’s a special case.
Still trying to defend himself, he revealed that he the outing during that summer festival wasn’t a date. And that he wouldn’t know about Togame’s feelings if the latter just hides away.
Even though what Yorozu said at the office the day before were true and he was sorry for that, he did fall for Togame in the end. If there’s anything he could do, he wouldn’t mind changing just so the older man won’t throw him aside. “Even thought I’m not like Satoru, enthusiastic, honest. But I–”
Yorozu fell into Togame’s warm embrace…Well, that’s what I would like to have happened. The boy hugged Togame but with a pained expression, the latter pushed him away and responded, “High school kids are so annoying!”
Yorozu: But I’ll be graduating in a year!
Togame: If you still say that (feel the same) a decade later, I’ll think about it.
Holding back his tears and devastation, the boy thanked Togame for the support he’s given and sprinted off into the rain, away from the man.
Yoshida who was eavesdropping told the director frankly that he’s mean. That he shouldn’t have said those words after Yorozu’s heart-felt confession when he actually likes the boy. Togame’s worried that if they were to go into a serious relationship, it’d ruin Yorozu’s life since he’s still in high school. Yoshida countered that high school was a peculiar period when one’s neither a kid nor an adult. That’s not to say that even as a kid, one wouldn’t be able to be in a proper relationship.
Togame told Yoshida to think about this. A straight man would definitely marry and have kids, a more ideal scenario for Yorozu. But the assistant countered that the decision should fall on Yorozu instead. Thus, the director revealed that that’s the reason why he’d rather wait 10 years to hear his confession again, if the boy feels the same.
Yoshida: Letting go of someone he loves like that, what the hell is he thinking?!
Reaching home drenched in rain (and tears), Yorozu hid his inner-turmoil from his family and locked himself in the bathroom to cry his hear out.
Yorozu: It hurts…
Yorozu: I’ve had enough.
[I hate myself. Hate Togame-san…]
Yorozu: I hate everything.
A few days passed, Yorozu still felt depressed. His friend (who I forgotten the name) noticed that too. He asked the boy out to play again, maybe another double date just like the summer festival. Immediately, Togame flashed before Yorozu’s mind and he politely declined the invitation.
His friend then asked Yorozu to accompany him to a temple. He wanted to pray for an omamori for Haruna (girlfriend?) because she’s in a competition (for winds instrument) and if they win they’ll be competing on nation level.
Even though he was rejected, Yorozu got an omamori for Togame too, praying for a safe journey. The director found the omamori in his mail box and stuffed it into his pocket with a somewhat strained expression. Thus, the chapter ends with that!