There's a metaphor somewhere in here with the bully boy and the more criminal older boys, but I cannot find a proper way to express it.
I feel bad that he's a latchkey kid, but I agree with everyone else that bullying isn't a cute, fluffy expression of a crush. The whole implication of his story is that his parents should pay more attention to him, after all.
'Megumi' says 'Mr. Fox' is there to protect her but the little dingus never even thinks for a second that 'she' means against him, too. Whoosh.
I like the setting of this, and the art is good, but the story continues to be one of the most frustrating things I read on this site, and it's entirely because of Shion. She really is the worst, but hey, at least she realizes it?
Don't you know? She's 'complex.'
The ol' 'if I can't have your cake as well as mine, I'll tell you your cake is poison' ploy.
After finding out Hiroko's tragic past... She still needs to work on herself before she even thinks abour a relationship, but we all know she won't, and Risa still deserves her own love interest and not to just be a device to make the inevitable pairing off occur, though once again we all know she won't. No one but the main pairing may find happiness, as is the law.
If Hiroko really wanted Ayaka to stay away, she could stop jerking around with her emotions like this. :/ I feel like Hiroko just enjoys hurting other women, be it by loving and leaving them in the lesbian bar or insisting on both maintaining this facade and giving Ayaka the wrong idea about her. Mayne not enjoys, but she is a cowardly and weak person at heart who has no courage to either be honest or commit to the lie (actually get married so her beard can protect her closet key).
I heard someone say she deserves love even with her damage, and she does but her first steps should be finding a new job where she can live out of the closet and leave women, espeically Ayaka alone. This is advice for anyone reading: Sort out your life before seeking romance or sex unless you have your lies properly backed up and sorted out and ESPECIALLY don't keep being needlesly affectionate toward someome after making a big deal out of rejecting them. No amount of past trauma allows you to drag others into your drama especially if you insist on being untruthful.
What if the joke is that they both end up with different women at the end of the series? They could court and get with entitely different people with the time they waste together. (Joking, but am I not right a little?)