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「war of love」

You know what’s better than a single helping of drama? Why two of course, topped with sprinkles of only the best kind. If Matsuri wasn’t demented enough previously we got the full view of her unique (but not entirely unique) mindset as the inter-sister games got into full swing. Sure it’s predictable, of course we know how it’s going to end, but with scenes like this, does anyone really care? Well, best mama Harumin cares, god bless her soul.

As briefly highlighted last time, Matsuri is a terrible girl all round, but she is not far removed from Mei. Both of citrus’ two (sexual) aggressors are naturally void at heart, they are lacking in emotional connectivity and seek to fill the hole through intimacy. Both use lust and desire to garner whatever catches their eye (in this case personal attention) as it has consistently worked for them, but there is one key difference separating the two: intention. Mei as we have seen—and Matsuri quickly caught on to—uses intimacy only on those who have shown an interest in her, giving a taste of affection to hold onto that which she never had when her father disappeared. In effect, a weapon with strict limits. For Matsuri, however, intimacy is used for anything and everything. Money? Dirty work? Sisterly attention? All valid reasons to flash a little leg or hint towards something naughty. Mei, while oblivious to the issues surrounding her abrupt moments of best love, at least implicitly understands where you shouldn’t use affection (see her interactions with Momo), but Matsuri and her application of intimacy is dangerous. When that pink hair implodes (and it won’t take long) the collateral damage will not be pretty.

Part of the reason will the fallout will be bad is that Yuzu is going to be caught in the epicentre. Whether from time away or personal classification Yuzu is largely oblivious to what Matsuri is after or why she is pulling stunts like these. All Yuzu sees is an honorary kid sister too clingy for her own good, and not a girl jealous at being seemingly replaced. Matsuri may be able to induce some shock and doubts from it once that little snapshot of Mei going throat deep in the pink hair comes up for example, but probably not in the way Matsuri expects. For better (or worse) Yuzu has some measure of Mei, she’s built up trust and understands why she acts the way she does. That trust is also increasingly reciprocal as evidenced by the handholding and the bed talk. Mei has been primed enough already that when Matsuri pulls her stunt she will come out and admit her own love for Yuzu, if just to prevent her new sister from feeling further regret. Make no mistake, Matsuri is going to solidify one relationship here, but it’s not going to be her own. Once the dust settles and all the games are over our little troublemaker will be left out in the cold as two new lovers grow ever closer. Mama Harumin will be so proud.

Before we get to happy endings though, first must come the suffering, and that means some Christmas time drama. Pictures, cake, mistletoe kissing—and maybe a bit of tearful heart to heart. You know we are going to get it all and enjoy every lasting minute, because where would we be without a smile or three? Stick around boys and girls, it’s party time.



February 24, 2018 at 10:44 pm
  • February 25, 2018 at 1:56 amewok40k

    Interestingly it is Mei now who has better measure of Matsuri’s condition and desires than Yuzu…
    I presume some blackmail attempt but Mei is last person I would believe to bow down to it.
    She will probably present the photo herself and turn it around against Matsuri.
    As for the Matsuri despite all her bad qualities as a person I cant but feel pity for inevitably ending up alone.
    On an interesting twist, Momo and Mei have managed to work out a stable relationship of sorts… Momo pretends she is still fighting the red string of fate, but quietly supports her new family life. And Mei seems to appreciate it…

  • February 25, 2018 at 6:55 amdean

    Matsuri is going to solidify one relationship here, but it’s not going to be her own. Once the dust settles and all the games are over our little troublemaker will be left out in the cold as two new lovers grow ever closer. Mama Harumin will be so proud.

    That sentence can be interpreted in several ways. That reminds. I really hope that they animate chapter 13.5 either now or as an OVA.

    • February 25, 2018 at 11:40 amewok40k

      just skipped to 13,5 for reference…
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 25, 2018 at 8:33 amAngelus

    If only we could see how shocking this scene would be by Japanese standards:
    I remember being in a queue for train reservations in some Japanese city or other, and a Western couple in front of me was making out like there was no tomorrow. The look the ticket clerk was giving them said everything.

    That said, Matsuri annoys me big time too. I can just about take her character in the manga, but that voice – the sort of knowing, overweening little girl voice really rubs me the wrong way.

    • February 25, 2018 at 11:27 pmPancakes

      Honestly her voice is the main reason I dislike her. The behaviour I can understand considering her past, but the cutesy high pitched chatter makes it seem that much worse.

  • February 25, 2018 at 11:10 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    • February 25, 2018 at 11:28 pmPancakes

      No matter what happens, no matter the pain, mama Harumin will always be there to make it all better. Yuzu will come to see that, eventually :P

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