It's been a long road, but at last it's time to say goodbye to one of my favorite series of all time! This series debuted around the time I started learning Japanese, but luckily by the time I came across it I already knew enough to read it (with quite a bit of difficulty at first, I'll admit!) This manga also started my obsession with age gap romances.
Personally, I felt a real sense of incongruity in this last chapter. Although the author clearly did her best to tie all of Shinichi and Haruka's past experiences together and make the ending the logical conclusion to the series, I felt that the way the story ended was kind of contradictory to the end of the previous chapter, in which Shinichi once again rejected Haruka and she accepted it matter of factly, stating that their relationship would always be the same, unchanging. I do follow what the author was getting at (that Haruka loves Shinichi and always has and always will, so she'll wait as long as it takes) but I just wish there was more detail about how and when they finally got together. All in all, though, the ending could have been much worse! Please tell me what you thought in the comments!
Tomorrow I'm teaching the numbers 20-100 to 6th graders who are too cool for school. At least I can play with the 5th graders at recess and after school. The 5th grade boys have joined together to form an "Icarusbride-sensei Fan Club." Official club activities include trying to climb Icarusbride-sensei like a jungle gym, and asking Icarusbride-sensei how to say dirty words in English.
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