Don’t be misled by the cover. This chapter was of pure, pure, pure AMUTO LOVE!!!
*too filled with intense, burning, warm love for Amuto to say much right now so just click the cut already*
Note: Massive spoilers for those of you who didn’t catch up with the manga yet.
Alright, first thing’s first. I’ll be using my own scans for my review and yes, I have watermarked every single one of them. Not that many of you would really care since Futari wa Pretty Anon’s scanlations are already out but I watermarked them all up anyway. And it kills me that I have to mark any of these beautiful pages with three big lines of copyright and ownership
I hope I don’t get sued by Nakayoshi or P-Pit for this but it took me a long time to get everything looking nice and I don’t want them being freely distributed all over CR or wherever without due credit to me, got it?
Second, I know I’ve already said this in a comment on FWPA’s post but I’ll say it again. All those nagging comments about “HEY! When are you going to get the chapter out?! It’s ____ already! ” All of you need to shut the fuck up.
FWAP tries its best to get the scanlations out as soon as they can. It takes time to do them properly and moreover, they are being done for all you fans on their precious time. They have lives they have to tend to as well. So the least you can do is not spam FWPA’s comments with constant demands for the chapter. Not to mention, stop it with the “I WANT MORE AMUTO!” and “CAN WE HAVE A TADAMU MOMENT ALREADY?!”. FWPA is not the one doing the story. It’s Peach Pit and the authors can do whatever the hell they want because the material is theirs, not the scanlators. So don’t hound them and don’t be a fuckin’ fanbrat if you don’t get what you want. Shugo Chara! is at the total disposal of P-Pit and you WILL deal with whatever they choose to give you if you really loved this series for everything it’s worth. Not just for the Amuto or Tadamu or whatever shipping you want to see. -_-;
Third, I’m going to be a total big fat sentimental sap as I go through this chapter. Yes, there will be a lot of loooooong rants but that’s what I do so deal with it.
So, without further ado, let’s get this chapter started.
So the primary reason why Tsukasa has taken Ikuto away in the first place was so that Easter could not get to him (I think we already had that impression back in Ch. 33 when he told the Guardians about his “kidnapping”, that stupid silly pedobear).
As most of us are already aware, the ones who founded Easter was the Hoshina family and their only child/daughter (aka only heiress) would be Hoshina Souko, Ikuto and Utau’s mother. Despite the opposition from her own family, she and Tsukiyomi Aruto married and Aruto was made to promise to give up music to become the next leader of the company. But Aruto mysteriously left after Souko’s father, the former president at the time, died and whether whatever sides liked it or not, Ikuto, the oldest child of Aruto and Souko’s marriage, will be the one to inherit that position since Aruto is now assumed to be gone.
But Ikuto was still just only a child. Of course, Easter doesn’t give a damn. Add the fact that everyone in Easter practically despises anyone under the Tsukiyomi name (because of Aruto), they’re going to make even Aruto’s children pay for what their father’s desertment. Fucking shitty assholes. Using children as pawns to further your own ambitions. Making their father give up his love for music for your own goals. Treating your one and only daughter in such a disgusting manner, as if she was of no more worth because she married the man she so whole-heartedly loved and waited till the very end for. Was so severely heartbroken for him to the point where her exhaustion became too much that she even had to be hospitalized because you assholes caused this entire mess in the first place. All you fuckin’ bastards who are like that should get a thousand times the suffering they had to endure and then burn and rot in hell! YOU FUCKING REVOLTING EXCUSES OF HUMAN SHIT! D:<
Rage aside for a bit, they managed to avoid them as long as they could but Easter eventually found them anyway. It sucks when the bad guys have more power. It really really sucks.
It’s even worst because this kind of thing can certainly happen in real life, too. *sigh* Big name, lots of money and power…don’t aim for that kind of stuff. At least, I suggest people don’t. Ambition can get too dangerous, y’know.
“Your music is not needed.”
Go to hell, you fucking bastard.
I seriously, completely hate what Easter has done to their family. Not only are they all treated like shit but they manipulated Souko, when she was still so mentally and physically weak, to going along with their plans, and thus, made her own children turn their minds against her. I do not blame Ikuto and Utau for being upset and angry with their mother but I do not blame Souko in the least either. She has held on for as long as she could. And despite being “weak-hearted” as Utau had described her, she still never gave up on Aruto until the very end and fell apart when she felt something “die within her” when she found his violin. In my opinion, she is already a pretty strong character and I will definitely add more in her defense if/when she is later mentioned. You have to keep in mind that not everyone can continue to be strong. Souko loved Aruto so much that it broke her heart. And for Easter to take the opportunity to use her (I’m very sure of this) to install a new director to the company under the family name when she is the most vulnerable without much protection…that is just the most despicable thing.
On another note, we finally get some clear up on where Utau actually lived all this time and it certainly wasn’t in her own home but that company mansion she was talking about. Man, Utau, I can relate to your feelings and all but you seriously need to learn how to let go when the time comes (and not just for this, if you get what I mean, heh). That’s kind of the (rather cute sometimes) problem with the siblings. They’re both too stubborn, they initially don’t believe that anyone can help them but themselves, and they drag out their bitter feelings for so long. I mean, it’s understandable given their circumstances (which is why we have Amu to knock some sense into them, haha) but I really hope this family makes up after Easter’s face is smushed into the dirt. Xiao would be so happy if/when that happens
maybe Amu would be a third-party helper, too, haha.
Ikuto would never even lay a hand on or do any harm to beloved Betty! D:<
As for as I know, Betty was already a full grown dog when Tadase wast still a toddler. And a dog’s life span isn’t that long. So when she died, it’s been quite a few years already (look at how much the two boys have grown since Ikuto went away). And Betty looked peaceful when she passed away. Even Tadase notices and he was the one closest to her! This just proves that Ikuto’s (and his father’s) violin playing really does make everyone happy and what Ikuto did for Betty (not to her) was a proper send off for her death.
As for Tadase’s grandma and why she collapsed despite the fact that she was usually healthy…well, this happens to old people. Their bodies get weaker, even if they are healthy, by the day. It’s sad but it’s the truth. The cause of her illness is still unknown but I am sure Ikuto would never hurt her in anyway either. Even, god forbid, if Easter ordered him to (which they have no reason to and if they did, I would seriously rip them to shreds), he wouldn’t do it. She gave him and Utau shelter when their mother was ill. Why would he ever harm someone who did that for them?
So all that ridiculous bullshit that bitch mom has been spouting is just utter nonsense. I wouldn’t even be surprised (in fact, I actually do believe) if she started the rumor herself to feel superior and better than Shouko. Ugly, jealous bitch.
I wouldn’t even be surprised if she was the one who killed Betty, pushed grandma down, and had this all as a set up so that she could turn her own son against his friend. I am aware that does seem a bit to the extreme but it’s not implausible. Mizue, Tadase’s mom, is very unstable when she lets her jealousy take over. She doesn’t look like the type who’d get sad if the family dog died and it’s possible she might even hate her own mother-in-law for always siding with the Tsukiyomis like her husband does. She can be just that much of a horrible person as she is as horrible “parent.”
I already hate Mizue more than I hate the director. Because the director is (I’m assuming) at most a shallow character who just wants to please his Boss and have no interest for anything else except Easter. Mizue, however, is a mother. And as a mother, as an adult, to verbally abuse innocent children like that when the right thing a mother should do is to show compassion for them, even if they are not her own. To take out her anger on them just because she’s jealous and too cowardly to speak to her own husband about it. To even get jealous over something she shouldn’t even be jealous about because Ikuto and Utau are her husband’s best friends’ children whom he would obviously be concerned for. Now that is a failure of a parent. An adult.
And I take this very personally because I know others who have been abused wrongly by these so-called “parents” as well as have been brought down by my own when I was still a kid. So to see her type of character, even if she is fictional, makes me want to beat the living daylights out this bitch. I hate her and I’ll never forgive her, even if Ikuto does.
But it’s a good thing Tadase’s realizing that Ikuto is the one who’s at fault. Tadase is still a kid so it’s understandable to a point that his emotions would get the better of him (kids his age don’t have much of a good control over their own). Moreover, he was influenced by his mom. Arriving at the wrong time didn’t help much either. But I’m positive that a small part of him still believed in Ikuto even when he “gave up” on doing so. He already confirmed it to Kukai that he still cared for Ikuto and went to help save him. See, Tadase’s maturing. And that means that even if it might take a while for them both to be on good terms again, Tadase can definitely put the past behind him, forgive Ikuto and apologize for treating him that way all this time. I’d like to see that happen. It will make me happy. :)
Yes. This has been the moment I’ve been waiting for. Amu comes to an understanding (I don’t know how much but at least it is one) of Ikuto’s pain through seeing his memories. He obeyed Easter’s orders to protect his mother and his sister. He didn’t like it but in a way, it was also part of his struggle against the world that seemed to be against him. And that was probably what contributed to his own would-be self. The self he could not become because of the restraints placed upon him.
Amu (EPICALLY!) unlocks her heart, wanting to do anything to help him. Free him.
(Poor Tadase has been thrown back by that powerful blast, oh~)
And in huge massive BIG BANG! of light (oh ho ho~, I can’t wait to see this animated, it will be so wonderful!)…
Dia returns and Amulet Diamond is back! xDDDDDD
(lol, poor Ran, too. ^^; )
So Dia tells Amu was close to finding her answer after continuously searching for it so long and lends Amu her power.
Hmm, I was a bit excitedly perplexed for a moment when Amu mentioned “I thought calling myself the hero was little off…” because her Charas are always calling her the “heroine” and when I saw the connection, I went “Aha!”
I think this is also the part where her slight tomboyishness comes into play. Boys tend to be the more noticeable heroes (in most cases) cuz they can, well, fight. Girls don’t have the same strengths as boys do but Amu wanted that strength, nonetheless, no matter what it was. And that, imo, was the strength to shine. And right now, she wanted to use that same strength to help Ikuto. To shine for Ikuto (and bring him out of the darkness, corny yada yada =P).
I demand high quality blow-you-out-of-your-mind animation for this ENTIRE chapter! I will not settle for even a little less, I tell you! Amulet Diamond’s TWINKLE SHIELD and SHOOTHING SHOWER STAR freakin’ PWN!!!! xDDDD
Of course, everyone’s own respective attacks are just as awesome but I want to be blinded by SHINY LIGHTS STARS AND SPARKLES~!!! *will have special sunglasses ready cuz I’m a dork*
So boys fight for their pride. Even if they’re dead tired, they still fight for that reason. I think we all know that now, if we haven’t already.
And I’ll get to what I think is Amu’s reason for fighting is in a bit but in the meantime, anybody get the shooting star reference? 8D
“Entrust your wish to a shooting star…” pretty much can mean “I want to grant your wish” from Amu to Ikuto, can’t it? That she is his shooting star as he is hers.
I’m just theorizing here but also want to know what you guys interpret from this line.
And I love it how the entire time, Amu has her arms outstretched wide and open to Ikuto even though he’s trying to push her off. There’s a lot of symbolism in it. Her unyielding determination to help him, accept him, protect him, everything…*very happy sigh* <3
No commentary is needed. Just be silent and appreciate the image for the next few minutes.
*happy, thrilled silence*
…Aww man…my heart was just got warmed by several million degrees.
Add the fact that I pretty much had the same prediction that Amu was going to initiate a hug to save Ikuto quite a while back so I’m feeling a little smug about that, too. lol xDDD
Ah, yea…I…have so much to say…and I don’t know where to start. Omg, me, the ranter of ranters, is struck speechless by Amuto and Amuto alone.
Ok, so let’s try this (lol).
As I said before, now that Amu has finally come to an understanding to what Ikuto had to go through, she wanted to let him know that she was there for him. But she is so overcome with all these emotions she has that it was difficult to truly express what and ALL she wanted to say (quote: warriorhope). So she hugs him instead. The first time we ever got to see her show a physical form of compassion to someone else. And I believe Ikuto is among the first few to ever receive that from Amu. Even Tadase and Rima never got that from her. It’s usually always someone else who is giving Amu a hug but rarely the other way around. Again, probably restating what many people have said already but this just shows how important Ikuto is to her and just how deep their relationship is.
Now I’ve heard a lot of people say that they think a hug to save a person is very cliche but I honestly don’t think it could’ve been done in any other way (or any better way for that matter). And to support that, I’m going to quote a post I made on GW:
He did need that hug the most…especially from the girl he cares about the most, which was what brought him out of the trance in the first place. When she was upset at him back in chapter 30 (?), he probably lost a little of his will to fight probably because he was so depressed about hurting her, even if it was for her own good. But when Amu embraced him, something clicked between them again. Something like a two-way channel of emotions. Amu started to understand Ikuto’s pain and wanted to be there for him and Ikuto felt all those feelings that Amu had for him, including her forgiveness, her apologies, etc.
So embracing someone can definitely go a long way. This is cliche done right, people.
In addition, I’m going to take the time now to address both Amuto and Tadamu. Don’t worry, I’m going to try to be as unbiased as I always am with my analysis but I definitely DO NOT want to see any form of bashing in my comments. I don’t even want to see “Oh, I think this is better than that because blahblahblah happened!” Any of that will be automatically deleted. It’s just going to tell me you haven’t read or taken seriously any of this post at all and I won’t deal with that kind of crap, alright?
When Amu saved Tadase from succumbing to the Black Diamonds song, she told him about her own self-doubts (Dia becoming an X-egg and everything) and reassured him that it was alright to be weak as long as he didn’t give up. That gave Tadase encouragement and what caused him to finally look at Amu for herself instead of just Amulet Heart. But the thing is, that brand new light he saw her in and later claim to like seems more like admiration of her (a crush) rather than actual love. I’m not saying that there isn’t any love, far from it. Did you see how far he went to protect her two chapters back? There are definitely some genuine feelings there.
But still, there is not enough mutuality of the affections between them. In order for them to have a moment that can truly be considered development, both sides have to have the same amount of, if not similar, impact on each other at the same time. Tadase’s feelings I can see switch back and forth from admiration to “love” a lot which is probably what hinders him from actually syncing with Amu’s feelings. When he told her “I’m going to tell you “I love you” every day”, did Amu gracefully respond? No. She was spazzing and getting all embarrassed. She even asked Tadase to stop but he just kept telling her the same thing. Of course, she was happy but she was pretty much more unsetttled than that. This is the problem. When you like someone, you should know when to stop if you’re making them uncomfortable. And Tadase didn’t understand and Amu could not answer in the same way. They are still greatly mismatched.
But in this particular moment Amu has with Ikuto, both of them can feel what the other person was feeling. Even though Ikuto didn’t move, his expression showed it all. He was shocked that Amu was hugging him but what’s important was that her feelings (her tears) for him was getting through to him through that contact. And Amu, after unlocking the Lock and witnessing his memories, synced with his own sadness and all the weight he had to carry on his shoulders. She was sympathizing with him.
And let’s make this clear right now: Amu is not doing it out of pity. There’s a fine line between that and sympathy. Pity means to feel sorry for someone and has a more negative connotation to it. It’s like you’re looking down on a person just because he/she is lacking something. Sympathy means to be able to relate to someone and share what they’re feeling. That’s understanding.
And Amu knows very well that Ikuto doesn’t want to be pitied. She has witnessed him struggle so hard, fight so hard, throughout his life in his memories. She’s not thinking that he’s some poor boy on the street who needs that gracious dime or nickel you so happen to have in your pocket at the moment but that he should have relief from all the suffering he has endured. She wants to be his support. She wants him to be happy because she knows he deserves to be happy.
Finally, the Amuto fans must be rejoicing that this probably means Amuto is now “officially canon” or something. I hate to be the one to burst the celebration bubble but it’s not. Fans still have to be cautious with what they consider “victory” (ugh, don’t use this term with me if it’s based on shipping) because nothing is set in stone yet. Amu has already realized that Ikuto is important to her but that does not mean “OMG, I love you, Ikuto!”…no. Hell, these things take time or otherwise, if you rush them, then there’s no longer any meaning to them. Amu still has to sort out her own feelings first and Ikuto needs to properly confess before we finally get any canon pairing here.
As I said in the beginning of this post, the plot, story, and ending are all going to be decided by Peach Pit and only Peach Pit because it belongs to them so they can do whatever they like if they wanted to.
Speaking only in relation to the the story (I will say it again, this is unbiased), an ending where Amu chooses Ikuto would make the most sense given how much development they have. But Peach-Pit can be unpredictable like they were with the first Rozen Maiden series and turn a 180 degree angle to give us Tadamu instead. Or they can leave it open-ended where Amu gets with no one, or have all three of them go their separate ways, or do something that we totally did not expect. We. Don’t. Know. And we have no way of knowing so don’t get too confident just yet is all I’m saying.
And honestly, all you Amuto or Tadamu fans out there. Stop it with these “Better than you!” wars already. “Mature” and “immature” have become way too overused for the fandom that it pretty much doesn’t have an effective meaning anymore.
First of all, Shugo Chara! is not centered on this triangle. It is focused on Amu’s story and how the Charas play a role in her life. Everybody else is just a contribution to that and romance is only a fraction of the plot. If you don’t understand this, then I’m sorry but you have no right to call yourself a Shugo Chara! fan. This manga has so much to give and to argue among yourselves over which guy should win the girl is fucking pathetic.
Second, why can’t some of you just settle for what you like instead of bashing someone else about what they like, huh? People are bound to have different preferences. Why can’t some of you respect that and not be rude about it? This is a fiction story, kids. Quit screaming your heads off at each other as if it’s your life on the line or something. You’re not helping your part of the fandom look any better by doing so (and this goes to the bigger number of you (Amuto) fans, especially).
Ok, moving on (god that was long)…
Back to Amu’s reason for fighting…I’m sure she does it to support others, especially those who believe in her and especially especially those who really need her. In a way, that can also relate to why she has so many Charas. Because she wants to be able to do anything for anyone she cares about, she has to actually know how to do it first. And you can’t just help people in just one way. You have to know several ways in order to help them the best you can.
This are just my thoughts on it, though. It’s nothing too serious so don’t think too much into it. I just wanted to see how well it related.
And even if it’s rather vague, I also think it can support the reason on why she has more Charas than the average person much better than “She’s the heroine…so she gets more.” =P
So, I’m still pondering on what Amu’s answer exactly is (it can be many things so I want to wait again before making any statements) but whatever it is, Ikuto finally broke free of that brainwashing spell placed on him and we get new Chara-naris. Hurrah! (Ah, I’m very tired now but I’m going to finish this if it’s the last thing I do)
Haha, I had a double first reaction to both of them actually. For Amu, I was like “She’s so beautiful~! *0*” and “Urm, what is she actually suppose to be? xD;”. And as for Ikuto, “Kyaa! PIRATE! xDDDD” and “lol…WHUT?” xDDD
But it all makes sense. I found them both quirky looking at first but once I got the idea down, I really really love the new Chara-naris (even if they still do seem a bit…like cosplay, lol xD;).
A pirate is a person who is not bound to the law and can go wherever he freely chooses to go but at the same time, follows by his own code of conduct. It’s the general idea of freedom, the thing that Ikuto always yearned for the most, that fits with his character. That, and the fact that he is not a goody goody two-shoes but not necessarily an evil bad guy either. He’s in the gray area and just does whatever he pleases.
Also what pirates are always in search of is treasure. Ikuto was always searching for happiness. He wanted his mother and sister to be happy. He went off looking for his father. (quote: ShiningNinja from GW) He was always searching for that kind of treasure. And the greatest fortune he found was Amu, who saved both him and Utau.
Which is why the name “Fortune” is also appropriate for her Chara-nari. Amu is a really rare find among all the many people out there. Why? Simply because she cares a lot for the people around her and does a lot for them. More than the average person would usually bother to care. She is everyone’s good fortune actually but to Ikuto, she is his greatest fortune.
And yea, the whole deal with the full card suit, too. *doesn’t really know much about that*
See, they fit together~ <3
But I can’t get off the hook with just that so a closer look into Amulet Fortune: Majority of us agree that she’s suppose to be a bride.
Mmkay, it might be an overused idea in shoujo but it’s not anything outrageous. Don’t all girls want to be the perfect bride one day? That does not mean they want to be a Sue. NO. If you are a girl, you should understand. Girls always dream about endless possibilities for themselves but when it comes down to marriage, to love, they want to be a good woman (a good fortune, if you will) to the man they want to be with. Now how is that a Sue? How can that even be called a Sue is what I should be asking.
Also…keep in mind that a Chara-nari does not equal the person who is currently in that Chara-nari. Chara-nari is a concept, a visual image of the person you want to be. Not the person him/herself as of the moment. So to call Amu a Sue would be false again. These are her dreams and anyone can have a limitless amount of dreams. She has yet to accomplish those dreams but she’s getting there. She just hasn’t got to that point yet. Just wanted to clear that out of the way.
…Wow…that was long.
Ah…I’m sorry for the repetitiveness. I know there are a lot but I don’t think I’m going to come back and edit so I’ll just leave it as it is.
Yea, I’m going to bed now (3-hour nap, w/e) before I have to wake up for class later (ugh, didn’t finish those questions, I’m screwed). I’ll give a cookie to anyone who has read through this entire post. You’re amazing if you did, lol. xD;
K, bai. *falls dead* Zzzz…