I just re-watched Say I Love You ( Suki-tte Ii Na Yo ) and was amazed how different the manga is from the anime version, at least , as far as depiction of the male MC ‘s character is concerned.
To be honest, I don’t really know where I’m going with this post, so please bear with me. I’m just winging it.
Yesterday, I was at a friend’s blogsite, my go – to place for translated mangas , and was glad she just posted the latest chapter of Say I Love You ( Suki-tte Ii Na Yo ). We had an interesting discussion regarding the character of the male MC, Yamato Kurosawa. So, what ‘s Say I Love You about ? From Baka Updates synopsis, this manga is about ” Mei Tachibana who has spent her 16 years without making either boyfriend or friends. One day, she drop-kicks a popular, good-looking boy in school, Yamato Kurusawa, because of a misunderstanding but for some reason it seems he takes a liking to her one-sidedly claiming that they are friends. ”
Shoujo cliché. Awesome popular guy and Cinderella.
Here’s the thing….. Yes, Yamato is popular, and not only that, he’s ” nice ” and ” friendly “…. so much so that any girl bold enough to ask him to sleep with her will surely get what she wants. Like Aiko. She meets him on the street, crying that her boyfriend just dumped her, and ” Yamato, please sleep with me, and tell me that I’m still attractive, waaa, waaa,waaaa. ” And he obliges. In the anime, Aiko, who has become friends with Mei , confesses that she has slept with Yamato. It’s verbal. In the manga, it’s visual. Yamato is shown in bed with Aiko, and not only with Aiko, but with so many girls. He is also rumored to have kissed all the girls in their school, and have slept with so many of them. And no, no one is a girlfriend . And to think he’s just in high school.
Then, Mei and Yamato get together.. There’s no doubt Yamato has fallen in love with Mei. He seems to have changed, and acts devoted to her. Then, a girl ( Megumi ) who is a model, transfers to their school, takes a liking to Yamato, recruits him to become a model. He obliges. It’s just a job,y’know ? Then everything changes. Mei and Yamato don’t go home together anymore. Their friends are getting worried. Meanwhile, Megumi invites Yamato to her apartment for dinner. She says she lives alone, and she feels lonely having dinner by herself, and so ,” would you like to have dinner with me, I’ll cook. ” And he obliges….. and the one time dinner at night becomes a regular thing . Meanwhile, Mei now falls asleep waiting for his phone calls. He does call, but lies, and lies, and lies. He’s been busy, he says. Then, some classmates see Yamato leaving megumi’s apartment. Mei hears of the rumour, suffers silently, and it’s actually their friends who confront Yamato about the rumour. A guy friend ( who happens to be in love with Mei ) almost punches him, and Aiko, yes, that Aiko,slaps him. She tells him that Mei knows. Yamato is shocked . He talks to mei and denies cheating on her. Its just dinner, y’ know, and he doesn’t tell her because he doesn’t want her to get worried. .
What the heck is wrong with this situation? What kind of boyfriend goes to a girl’s house who lives alone, at night, and every night ? What’s the probability that , at one point, he will not only keep her company at the dining table, but also in her bed ? 100 % ! ! He lied because he knew it was wrong. What’s worse is that he stopped because he’d been busted.
Stupid Mei forgives him. And they become lovey dovey again. This is where the anime version ends..
So many manga chapters after , they graduate from high school. The problem is, they now go to different universities.
The latest chapter shows Yamato drunk ( because , apparently, he misses Mei ) and sleeping on someone’s couch.. It also shows a much older college friend ( a girl ) who seems to like Yamato. That night, he forgets his couple ring on the sink, a friend finds it, the girl who likes yamato volunteers to give it to him, , and lets Yamato be aware that she likes him. Later, he tells mei that he almost lost the ring, and luckily found it. He doesn’t say anything about the girl.
So that’s the end the of latest chapter. Tada !
What’s the probability that he’ll be drunk again, and that older girl will take advantage of his condition, and Yamato will have a one-night stand with her? He and his uni friends seem to hang out and drink every night. What’s the probability that it won’t be just a one – night stand but so many stands or until he gets busted again. Take note that this is now university life. I predict that they will break up. Yamato won’t be able to resist a girl who’s very much willing.
I don’t think I can read this anymore. My kokoro will explode. It’s just too realistic.
- turns off rant mode *
Thanks for reading. * walks off *