That felt eerily like the situation when my gramps went was described to me. Just dropped on the way back from playing cards with his friends (and winning big time), face forward on the ground. Sudden heart attack. No suffering, no long drawn-out illness, no loss of dignity. Kinda the perfect way to go.
This is exactly why I haven't been able to read every chapter of this, as adorable and wholesome as it is, because it's impactful and it kinda hurts to read.
Damn. Got baited with that first part too. The ominous sad feeling has always been there with this series. Is it gonna be Ponko or is it gonna be the old man... but wow so sudden... just like real life ;_;
I really hope it's nothing and we can go back to happy daily lives with Ponko
Hope Gen is alright and just took a fall, but Chiaki's picture falling down at the exact same moment sure doesn't bode well. The rest of the series being about Ponko and everyone dealing with his death and moving on would hurt like hell, but would be interesting too.