I'm really sorry, I've been seriously slacking with these back-dated summaries. I promised before that I would write the summaries of the "missing chapters" as soon as I was done translating them, but the truth is I translated this chapter almost 2 weeks ago, and also finished chapter 48 yesterday. I'm going to try my best to write up the summary for chapter 48 tonight as well. I notice that most people who do scanlations like to keep to a schedule, and whenever they finish a chapter early they'll wait to post it; I'm assuming their intent is to give the most consistant, evenly spaced-out supply of manga to their readers as possible? But to me, this just feels insincere. I don't play games, I give you guys everything just as soon as I finish it. Sometimes this means that you'll get several chapters' summaries in a single day/week, and sometimes it means going without any updates for a week or more, when I'm busy with other things. In addition to the summaries I post here, you all know that I'm the only translator for Japanzai's scanlations of Love So Life. But I'm also the translator for another [New!] series they are scanlating, Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki Futatabi. In addition, I'm one of two translators, and the primary scanner for a BL manga, Koori no Mamono no Monogatari that is currently being scanlated by Gloomy Gloo Scanlations (previously scanlated by Storm In Heaven, before they closed.) I get bored translating chapters and chapters and chapters of any one series after a while, so what I usually do is rotate periods of going crazy on one series, and translating several chapters in a row, then burn out and not do much of anything manga-related for a few days, then switch to another of the series I work on, and repeat the cycle. It's been working for me, I guess, because I usually manage to keep up with or ahead of the editors for all of the series I work on. It would be the worst if the editors were twiddling their thumbs waiting for me to bring the translations, I've been in that position before and it kind of sucks. Anyways, I think I've chattered enough already, here is the summary.
Chapter 47 opens with a steamy picture of Matsunaga-san with his shirt unbuttoned. XD The first page of the chapter itself features Matsunaga-san at work, being sexually harassed by a gravure idol. She’s playing dumb and asking his advice about a song she is singing as a promotional event in collaboration with a program that Matsunaga-san hosts on, while taking the opportunity to rub her boobs on his arm… Skank! Even Matsunaga-san is put off by her behavior, and tells her “[the answer to your question is] written right here on the script…” After she finally leaves, Matsunaga-san buys himself a drink at a hot-beverages vending machine. While drinking it, he imagines Shiharu and longs for the tea that she always brews for him at home. Then he scolds himself for thinking like an old man (apparently old people are excessively content with simple things like home-made tea). He even thinks “Rather than that, as a man I should be more interested in the sensation of that chest from earlier!” regarding the gravure idol who molested him with her chest :P At the same time in Hokkaido, Shiharu and her friends are finally in the capital, Sapporo, and enjoying their last day of the trip. They’ve been given a few hours of free time to explore the city in groups, and Shiharu’s group are taking as many commemorative photos as possible. Shiharu notices some students from another school who are wearing a uniform that resembles the one Nao-kun’s school wears, and at first writes it off as her mind playing tricks on her, but then Rio sees a group of boys through the viewfinder of her camera and recognizes one with a “disagreeable face” as Nao-kun! He tries to tempt Shiharu away from her friends by telling her that he saw a shop that he thinks she’d really like, but Shiharu obliviously goes ahead and invites all her friends to come with. Nao-kun stands behind Shiharu glaring at the other girls until they get the hint and decline the invitation, urging Shiharu to go ahead and meet back up with them later on. As Nao-kun drags Shiharu away, Emi-chan asks Rio if it’s really okay to let Shiharu go off alone with such a scary guy, but Rio reassures her that although Nao-kun is really pushy, he’s not actually a bad person. The girls all come to the realization around the same time that the reason Shiharu has never had a boyfriend until now was probably due to Nao-kun’s influence, intimidating any guys who tried to get close to her. Just then, Hanoka appears, totally out of breath from chasing Nao-kun all around Sapporo. She interrogates Nao’s friends and they tell her vaguely “He went off somewhere just now…” She then shakes one of those friends by the shirt in frustration, then runs off again in a random direction to keep searching for him. Poor Hanoka ^^;; Elsewhere, Shiharu finally persuades Nao-kun to let go of her hand, which he’d not realized he was holding, and stop dragging her at a too-fast pace. He admits in his thoughts that now that he’s gotten her alone, that was as far as he’d planned ahead, and he doesn’t know what to do now. Lol, Nao-kun… Shiharu asks him where the shop he’d mentioned was and he tells her bluntly that he lied, there is no shop. Shiharu freaks out and asks him why he lied, to which Nao-kun responds “No reason…” and Shiharu tells him she’s going back to where her friends are. Nao-kun grabs her by the arm and pulls her back towards him and bursts out “When you’re with me, look at me!” betraying his true feelings that she would turn her heart, as well as her eyes, to focus on him. Then he gets a bit shy and finally tells Shiharu that he thinks they should go shopping for souvenirs together so that they don’t accidentally buy the same thing for the other kids at the orphanage. Shiharu apparently believes this excuse, and agrees eagerly. Nao-kun remembers again what Hanoka had said in the previous chapter, about “If you drag your feet and hesitate, the person you like will be taken by someone else” and he gruffly thinks “It’s not that I’m taking the words of a crazy person like her seriously, or anything, but…I’m impatient…” Hehehe. Shiharu randomly points out that this is her first time going out together with Nao-kun when they are both wearing their school uniforms (going walking/shopping on the way home from school is a typical “date” activity for high schoolers in Japan, though I don’t think she really has that in mind.) She thinks just then that in a little less than a year, she and Nao-kun will have to separate (after they turn 18 they have to leave the orphanage) and recalls what he’d said when they were kids about “It’s fine if we become a real family, right?” and starts to feel a bit depressed because she thinks it’s impossible (she still doesn’t get that he meant “become a family by getting married” and thinks he meant “become real brother and sister.”) She says to Nao-kun that she hopes they can go out like this together sometimes even after they leave home, and then gets a bit put off when Nao-kun just stares at her without answering right away, assuming he doesn’t want to see her anymore after they leave the orphanage. He finally responds that it wouldn’t be “just sometimes” but there is a way they could always be together, and then he comes out with “What would you do if I said I love you?” This time Shiharu stares at him blankly for a few pages and finally starts freaking out, telling him that recently she severely misunderstood the situation (assuming that Kawahara-kun was going to confess to her) and that she must be misunderstanding once again, then she tells Nao-kun not to say such things that could be easily misunderstood. Nao-kun’s all pissed off that even though he put it SO CLEARLY Shiharu still found a way to totally not catch his drift!! Before he can set her strait, Shiharu notices that her “free time” is almost up, and she has to hurry back to where her friends are, so they can re-join with the rest of the group. Just as Shiharu rushes away and Nao-kun is left behind in shock, Hanoka finally catches up with him and tackles him, and for once he’s so off his game that he doesn’t notice early enough to dodge out of the way, and doesn’t even react with anger towards her. This seriously worries Hanoka, rather than pleasing her and she asks Nao-kun over and over again what’s wrong, while he keeps staring after Shiharu and fuming “I put it that clearly and she still doesn’t get it? What’s the meaning of this?!” Shiharu meets up with her friends again, and Rio asks her how her date was. Shiharu denies it, of course, and explains that she and Nao-kun were just shopping for souvenirs together so they didn’t accidentally buy the same things. Rio pushes, asking if anything happened while they were alone together, and Shiharu insists nothing happened. In her thoughts, though, she admits that for a moment there her heart started beating fast. She contemplates the meaning of “a way we can always be together” and SOMEHOW arrives at the conclusion that Nao-kun was proposing they rent an apartment together as roommates so they can split the rent. She even justifies this miscarriage of logic with the fact that this is commonly done in society, siblings living together even after leaving their parents’ house. Shiharu shows Rio the souvenirs she bought— socks for Akane and Aoi, candy and postcards for the kids at the orphanage, and a handkerchief for Matsunaga-san. Rio decides that Shiharu’s behavior while talking about the souvenir she got for Matsunaga-san is proof of her suspicious that Shiharu is in love with him. On the last page it shows the plane Shiharu & co. are taking home, and Shiharu thinking “It was fun, but I can’t wait to see everyone again.” There’s also a snippet of a scene where Matsunaga-san has come to pickup the twins, and they don’t seem interested in him at all; they look exhausted and/or bored, and seem to be missing Shiharu severely.