Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here !
I just read a shoujo romance by Yasuko, titled Yumenara Samenaide. Even though it is just a short one – shot manga, my hardened , cynical heart was dealt a wallop. It made me ask myself, does that kind of love exist ? Or , is this just a common garden variety of romantic fantasy ? Would you do what the main character did for the girl he loves ?
Here is the story:
Summary : Sachika got involved in an accident and fell into a coma. When she awoke from the coma, the one by her side was not a family member , nor her boyfriend, Tetsuo, but a stranger named Kohara, who introduced himself as her distant relative, and that from then on, he said she would be staying at his house. Sachika still remembered the accident when she got hit by a car. It was , in fact , an attempted murder by an obsessive stalker.
She noticed the apartment was almost bare, the closet in his room had few clothes , and , Kohara had multiple jobs, leaving early and arriving late everyday. She also started asking questions about her parents and Testsuo, her boyfriend. She was told these people were only in her dreams, and she was in fact, an orphan. Note: I assume she had a bit of an amnesia , otherwise the part of her forgetting about her past life was a bit implausible, given that she still clearly remembered about the accident, her family and Tetsuo’s appearance.
Then ,one day, she saw Kohara talking to a young guy who looked exactly like Tetsuo. Later, she saw him again with a girl, and she felt really sad, because she remembered Tatsuo promising that he would be with her forever. She confronted Kohara about this, and he admitted that guy was indeed Tetsuo whom Kohara said would be leaving Japan and had made him promise to take care of her. Then, while Kohara was at work, ” Tetsuo” came to the house, and told her he was Kohara’s nephew, and he wasn’t Tetsuo, ” and added , can you please look for work already…. my uncle has sacrificed so much for you for a long time…. and please , dress your age. ” Sachika was dumbfounded. She’s only 16, she thought. But then she couldn’t see how she looked now…. she noticed there wasn’t any mirror in the house ! She again confronted Kohara, and this is what happened……
Kohara is Tetsuo, who worked day and night so that he could pay the hospital bills , and he’s now 31 years old. No wonder Sachika barely recognized her . He was only 16 when it happened.
Her parents practically gave her to Tetsuo when he promised to take care of her, instead of being taken off life support system.
I think this is the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read.
Tetsuo, how old are you now ? From 16 to 31 years old.
Darn it, 20/10