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Ch 121 Summary now up

December 30th, 2005 (01:46 am)

current mood: thoughtful

Reading this chapter was rather interesting. At first, I have to admit, I looked at it pretty askance. Some of the reactions just seemed too "WTF?!", but... reading it over again, there was a certain simplicity, and rightness to starting over. And, while I'm usually totally out when it comes to upcoming predictions, what came to mind (other than a certain really, really silly girly moment), was a scene from when Tohru had first came to the Sohma house.

(Kioku wo keshiteshimattemo) Mata o-tomodachi ni natte kudasai ne
(Even if my memory is erased) Please become my friend again

And, given the starting point she's at once again in this scene, combined with the foreshadowing of the previous chapter's end, made me wonder if Tohru's accident won't provide exactly that new beginning. For Akito, it will be the chance to start over completely with Tohru and to make friends with her; for Yuki, it's a chance to give as much as he's received from her; for Kyo...... a decided slap in the face. She won't be dead, but what had been there will definitely die down a while. And certainly he should realise just how close he'd come to losing her.

While it's always possible, the fall could kill her, I don't see it serving a greater purpose unless, Akito's had enough of a shove to start to think about moving forward on her own.

Being oneself has been a key theme through the earlier part of the story, and returning to it, I wonder should Tohru have lost her memory, despite that, that she would still be much the same. And because of the blank spot, between her and Akito, regardless of how the other 12shi and her friends may flock around her, that she won't fail to notice Akito as well, and bring her into the group in that way.


But, since I'm usually way out to lunch, we'll leave that as bad fan-fic thinking and leave it at that. :P


Oh, and I'd apparently completely misjudged the time of day. It was apparently very *early* in the day, and Yuki had just gotten up. ^^; I'll have to re-read the past few chapters again later. :P

後でお年玉しよっかな~。 :P


Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: December 30th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)

Thankies, Shadow! Ai...I definitely cried. Poor Akki...she will be blamed. I don't think Tohru will be killed, but Akito will have to go through a lot in order to prove herself guiltless...especially when they find that she hit her arm with the knife. I hate those kinds of movies...like 'Meet the Parents' when the person whose internal purity is not seen by outsiders because of things they cannot control. I think that's why I like Akito so much. She was just led down the wrong path. T_T

I found it interesting that Tohru mentions she is the filthiest one. A friend of mine, Meli...has a Shigure icon that says that (meaning, he is the filthiest), and I always thought he was as well...seeing as he continues to dirty his hands with subtle manipulations. Tohru has a knack for looking down on herself. It's kind of sad...her way of dealing with her insecurities is to think negatively about herself, while Akito takes the opposite route and thinks too highly of herself. XD

I see now...that she wasn't necessarily comparing Akito to her mother...at least not in the way that it, initially, appeared to me in the scans. It was more or less her resistance to change, and wanting to love Kyou, but live in the past as well. Wow...I really didn't expect this to happen. The last few chapters have been a bit predictable, and while the cliff breaking away at that exact moment seemed a little too...convenient, this can totally go in 100 different directions. Argh! Another month...I suppose the next chapter will be about Kyou and Yuki. >_< Takaya is killing me with the suspense.

Thanks for providing your thoughts! ^___^

P.S. I find it amusing that Shigure was out drinking with 'friends'. Does he even have any friends? He was always portrayed as a loner.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 31st, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)

Well, even if Akito does get blamed, it'd be hard to refute that part of the cliff also fell with Tohru... provided anyone has the clarity of mind to notice. ^^;

This chapter really leaves things open for where the story goes next. For all we know, the next chapter could even open up at the start of the cliff breaking off, and the last pic of Tohru was her still in the air. (I'm not absolutely sure one way or the other from the scan). But yeah, I do doubt that Tohru will end up dead quite yet. Give her several more decades. ^^;

>>P.S. I find it amusing that Shigure was out drinking with 'friends'. Does he even have any friends? He was always portrayed as a loner.<<

*laughs* Well, he was supposed to be out with some fellow authors so that's really more work related. And work outings like that, including drinking / karaoke all night, aren't uncommon over there. ^^;

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: December 31st, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)

HAHA...actually, I know it's common. It's really only the notion of Shigure being in a social setting outside of his families'. ^_^ I have actually written about him doing something similar, but I always thought it was me trying to breathe some normalcy into the characters. The only other time I remember him being in a setting similar to this was in 101.

It's true...there are a lot of things about the way that the chapter left off that could help Akito prove her innocence. She's not one to lie. If she'd pushed Tohru off of the cliff, she wouldn't pretend otherwise. Normally when she does something cruel, it is for punishement, and she makes sure that others know...ne?

I can't wait to see the Shii/Akki interaction. I'm a total Shikito jukie. ^_^ Anyhow, are you Japanese, Shadow? And have you spent much time in Japan? :) I'm supposed to be going next fall, but that still seems like such a long time from now. Okies...time to start cooking for the new year. CIAO!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 7th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)

*laughs* True. Shigure is rather... interesting in the way he treats others. Poor Micchan... ^^;

>>Anyhow, are you Japanese, Shadow? And have you spent much time in Japan? :) I'm supposed to be going next fall, but that still seems like such a long time from now.<<

Actually, I'm *very* Canadian. More than most Canadians are in fact. ^^; Not only was I born here, I was sworn in as a Canadian citizen when I was 5. The joys of not understanding what was happening for the rest of the family and not wanting to be left out. :P I lived in Japan for 3 years doing the eikaiwa teacher several years ago and have been there to sightsee a number of times over the years. It's an interesting country and has been changing quite a bit over the last several years. BTW, are you going there for work or...?

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 7th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)

I wish I was going there for work. One of my best friends plays video games for a living, and his company sends them all around the world. I will be going with him. ^_^ But, I really am too chicken shit to apply for JET. It would also mean that I would have to leave my current job, which I probably don't have the will power to do. -_-

What is Eikawai? Something similar, I presume. That's awesome! If I ever did go, I probably would stay for several years as well...mainly becuase I know I gave up a lot to go there in the first place. I would love to learn a different language, Japanese included. *excited* Tell me about your experiences with the program!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)

Wow! That's really nice! Being able to travel with a friend like that. ^___^

*laughs* I've heard both good and bad things about JET. If you get a good posting it can be nice, but if you're unlucky... I've heard stories of being the human tape recorder and being bored stiff too. ^^;; Eikaiwa is English Conversation. I think it's the more popular route for teaching since it's so much easier to get in that route. When I was there, English was required as of HS, but it's since changed to from Gr. 1 IIRC. So really, actual English *teaching* is quite minimal. The problem for most Japanese people is that they can't actually speak English. Classes over there tend (or tended to when I was there) concentrate on the grammar and vocabulary aspects but not on the spoken side. So eikaiwa concentrates on getting them to use what they'd learned in school and apply it verbally, and getting them used to using it in that manner.

I think the average length of time for the typical person to stay is about 9 months at best. 6 months was considered average when I started. Of course, working holiday people would bring the average down quite a bit compared to full working visa folks. Of course, you also get your occasional 5 year+ people too. ^^;;

There's a lot of stuff I saw, did and experienced there it's hard to tell about it. ^^; Some of it was really good, some of it pretty shocking too. Fortunately, I never witnessed a jumper, so I'm lucky on that count. @_@

Japan as a country though has been changing a lot in the past several years. Crime and crime awareness has been steadily increasing. Of course, I find the female only train cars that have been implemented rather amusing, but sadly something that did need to be done for rush hour. I think just about every foreign female working there that I knew, had experienced some form of sexual harassment. @_@

Mind you, there were some really good things too. Some of the students were just *so* nice. And of course, we'd carefully socialise with the students despite it being against our contract. :P We were simply very careful not to be caught. This was important for me especially since I was a trainer and would have to ream out anyone who was actually caught or got a complaint for it. ^^;; (I always told people that what they did outside the school was their own business as long as they didn't get caught. If I got a complaint though... no mercy. :P )

I was on the half serious half curious group. I wanted to learn about the country and the culture there but at the same time was serious about my job insofar as I was able to carry it out. (I'm not trained in TESL or teaching though). Some people are TESL folk, some teaching, others are there for the money or something else. I think a large part of how people find the country has to do with how flexible they are with going somewhere completely foreign, and how much they're into the culture of the place. Culture shock and the love/hate relationship with the country and the job was an ongoing battle.

Anyhow, if there's something specific you're curious about, do feel free to ask. Of course, I can't promise I can answer... ^_^;

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)

Wow! That's really nice! Being able to travel with a friend like that. ^___^

*Whispers* Well, actually, this guy has a sort of stalkerish crush on me…so I dunno if I will be going. But, I plan to someday when I don’t have to travel alone. *hopes*

I have heard that JET is really difficult to get into. I suppose they are always in need of people, but if I was put in a position that involved little or no interaction with students, I would have felt really cheated since it is what appeals to me most. -_- Eikaiwa looks like it is a wonderful program! But, it sounds like you need to know Japanese prior to applying. I’ve only done a little bit of substitute teaching. I was an assistant director at a children’s summer day camp, and a nanny for over a year while I was still in college. I have a lot of experience with children and teenagers…but very little understanding of the Japanese language. When I took Spanish in elementary, high school and college, we had conversational classes, but even those focused more on grammar and vocabulary. I always thought it was different in Japan, but our languages differ so much that I am not surprised English Conversation isn’t all that common for students.

5 years? Did you already tell me how long you were there? O_O Wow! Were you paid well enough to live comfortably? I am not worried about how much…but more so about finding a place to live, adjusting to the monetary system, and acquainting myself with the neighborhood. I have done that kind of thing alone, but that was in NYC. LOL. That’s quite different from another country with a language barrier. If I did go, I would have to quit my current job, which would be really stupid. I think I was a coward for not applying in the first place. I came back to MD from NY and I didn’t want to sit at home all day. I finished my JET application, but was too chicken shit to send it off. -_- I know I wouldn’t have been alone in that other English speaking adults would be in the program as well, but then there is always the fear of not getting in. =/

What do you mean by jumper? I’m sorry…is that a term for something? *is ignorant, apparently* x_X Anyhow, I’ve heard about the drastic changes that have been occuring, but I didn’t know that there were female-only train cars. Is this, specifically, for the reason that it is dangerous for women…or only because of sexual harassment. Actually, that surprises me. I have always heard that Japanese men weren’t particularly fond of American women (even though you live in Canada XD). One of my friends, from Japan, had said that they don’t think too highly of Americans period. What kind of sexual harassment? *hides* What do you attribute the increasing crime rate too? Sorry for asking so many questions. >_<

LOL…I’m sure you were merciless, but I can definitely understand why they wouldn’t appreciate a lot of socializing with the students. Never speaking to them seems a bit harsh, though. Not that I need to make friends with students, but I have just as much to learn from them as they do from me. The reason why JET was appealing is because everyone that I know that went said they didn’t know Japanese beforehand. I wouldn’t be able to apply for something where I had no knowledge of the language prior to my acceptance. Of course, if I worked up the nerve to do it…I would start listening to the Japanese lessons that I put on my iPod again. Hehe.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)

(Okay... super long reply to be chopped in *3*! O_O)

Oohhhh... That's another story entirely... >_< Do take care. Stalkerish types are just... *shiver* If possible, I'd probably suggest having a travel partner to go to Japan though. There are some experiences that are better shared. ^__^

Eikaiwa is working in private companies. Sometimes it'll include school stints but usually not. It also has its share of ups and downs, but it's fun. ^_^ From what you mentioned, your experience with kids would be great for getting in. Lots of the conversation schools (Nova, Geos, Aeon, ECC - these are the big four) have kids lessons that start as early as 2 or 3 years old and goes from there. And you don't need to know Japanese to apply for most of these. Actually, a number of conversation schools prefer people who don't know the language since it keeps the students from being able to get away with Japanese in class. For me, it was an ongoing joke with the students when they got stuck for an English word and would use the Japanese word in class. I'd remind them that they had to speak English and use the word they'd just said in an English sentence to which they'd immediately pick up on. Everyone pretty much suspected or knew I understood Japanese but I rarely let them use it. :P

Likewise, in HS I took French classes and while we had a reasonable amount of practical application, it's still the part that tends to be the weakest. In Japan, the push is for that "immersion" experience, that when you go to the conversation schools, you're essentially stepping into an all (English) environment and that's it. ^_^

I was there for just under 3 years (my apartment lease came up before my contract since I moved to my own place in the middle/latter part of my first year). By law, people working full time in English conversation schools must be paid a minimum Y250,000 / month (I'm not sure if this is limited to English Conversation or all full time working visa jobs). Some places get away with Y230,000 while others have little add-on supplements for living expenses in the big cities as well. You need to watch those things, but overall you can definitely live.

The question of "comfortably" depends on the individual though. Japan's a small country so space is at a premium. Larger apartments for cheap is harder to find, and most places are on the one room bachelor concept (1K/1DK; in Quebec it'd be the equivalent of a 1-1/2). These days, key money is becoming less common for foreigners and there are companies that specialise in placing foreigners in apartments. Visibly foreign people potentially will have more problems finding places, although it's a bigger problem for males than females when going with straight Japanese companies. Standard rent for a furnished apartment usually runs around Y70-80,000/month in Osaka. (Current tax is 5% clear across the board including income tax on your wages).

Quitting your job is definitely a hard decision. If you have the option of taking a year off that'd be great, but it isn't always possible to do so. ^^; If you do think you want to go, you'll need about... $3-5000 saved to pay for your airline flight and monies to get you through your first month to your first paycheque. If you have a reasonably professional wardrobe (suits or similar), you won't have to worry about that aspect adding in. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)

(cont'd from previous)

The nice thing of going with larger companies / programs is that you won't be too isolated if/when you go. If you go with smaller private schools, you could potentially feel really isolated especially if it's in a small town where there are no other foreigners except your co-workers. I think this would be a lot harder to deal with than going with a big school and ending up in a large(r) city. Of course, small schools tend to encourage more socialising between staff and students as well. "Free lessons" for the students in a sense. :P

A jumper is a person who commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. Someone I know over in Japan right now witnessed one, and when asked "how are you today" a friend's student once said at the beginning of class that she wasn't doing too well and that she'd see a leg. @_@ It took a few moments for my friend to realise she literally meant that and it wasn't her weak English. Basically, she'd seen the aftermath.

The female cars, I *think* were implemented due to the high rate of groping incidents on the crowded trains. In Osaka, there was a "Chikan. Akan" campaign (Groper/groping. Bad.) to increase awareness, but I guess segregation was their general solution for the problem. A really good friend of mine, when walking home from work got pinned to the guardrail by a car because the driver wanted to cop a feel. That was really dangerous and probably the worst I've heard in terms of danger. (She contacted her embassy as well and got counselling over the incident). One of my part-time teachers came to work in tears because while at the video rental shop, she'd been looking at some CDs and happened to look down at the floor, and found a guy lying on the ground so he could look up her skirt. She'd been in full view of the till yet no one there had said or done anything. :-/

The most common I think though, is groping on the train. And when you're travelling during rush hour, and you're packed in there like sardines, it's really hard to keep things like that from either happening, or from grabbing the offender. I think that's the main reason for the segregation. Again, I was really lucky in that I didn't witness to many of these acts either. I've heard some really ick stories. :-/

Views of foreigners is... well it's interesting over there. If you look at anime, the foreigner is usually some hulking ox of a brute or some such. It really depends on the people. Some are really good and completely non-discriminatory. Others view foreigners as lesser. Others still view foreigners as a pretty accessory if you will. Of course, there are times when you can take advantage of this too. (like gate crash other peoples karaoke rooms or parties at restaurants...) :P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)

(last one! ^^;; )

Some people in Japan attribute the increasing crime to foreigners but I think that's generally bunk. Foreign gang related things might be up, but overall, that's not the crime that worries me over there. Granted over the course of a year and with the population Japan has, you'd expect some nasty crimes so I think much has to do with increased reporting as well. Maybe I'm a bit too sensitive, but crimes against children especially, whether by kids or by adults worries me over there. When I lived there, there was the Kobe murder of Jun Hase, an elementary aged boy who's head was left by the school gate. The murder was done by a junior high school student and was just plain sick. (Just about every time I've been back over the past few years, there's always been a child abduction/murder that had recently been committed). Maybe it's the ongoing societal degradation we see all around us. The increasing view of not seeing others as human beings. (Actually, the crime that caught my attention this past trip was a girl who was slowly poisoning her mother with thallium and using her as a test subject). Mind you, we've been having random drive by shootings/killings this year up here so... @_@

Japan has some unique problems like the higher suicide rates, hiki-komori (usually school avoidance), and school bullying compared to what happens here and there's the greater stress on performing academically, and the push to go to cram schools and such. BUT, at the same time, to put things in perspective, when you hear about the crimes in Japan, it's national news. Overall the country as a whole is quite safe.

In the case of the school I was with, the non-socialising clause was added to the contract after some incidents with minors not going home after going to parties with the teachers. Parents understandably got pretty upset over it so the clause had been added in a number of years before I'd gone to work over there. Most companies don't have that condition and encourage socialising. But, like I said earlier, you don't need to know Japanese before going over, and in fact, certain schools offer Japanese language lessons for their foreign staff so that they can manage better. ^_^

Actually, it's surprising how many people did get into relationships. ^_^ One friend was sort of engaged at one point but she eventually broke it off while others have resulted in marriage or children or what have you. ^_^ It's not like you can completely prevent things like that happening or you can completely isolate yourself. (Although I think I did a pretty good job myself...) ^^;

There are lots of options over there and some that don't go the typical English route either. A number of jobs unrelated to education have since started popping up over there for foreigners. ^_^ I'll see if I can't find you a list of useful links for things over there. Whether you really want to go or not aside, it can be interesting and fun to look at. ^_^

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
OMG! o_O
FMA-Stand alone

I can't believe you!! *glomps* I want to respond, but would you mind if I ask for your e-mail address? *feels bad for flooding your LJ with so many questions* =/ I really appreciate all of your help! You're the best!!! ^__________^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: OMG! o_O

You can e-mail me at tsujirimaccha @ yahoo.ca (without the spaces). Cheers! ^_^

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
FurubaGureno red blossoms


Culture shock and the love/hate relationship with the country and the job was an ongoing battle.

Some of your friends were involved in relationships? Wow…I can’t imagine. I have been in quite a few relationships where people around me weren’t very tolerant of the differences in our ethnic background. I would be afraid to date though, knowing that I would be leaving. ^_^ Aside from the ‘teacher’s aid’ experience, I want to learn more about the culture and, of course, the language. I’d like to think that I have managed to acquire quite a bit of survival and adapting skills, but, like I said, if I couldn’t communicate with anyone, I would feel completely alone.

Thank you so much for answering all of my questions, and for your extreme patience. Eikaiwa looks like it is really a fantastic program. I’m glad I have more to consider if I really become serious about it. Okay…I will stop babbling. ^_^;; Take care and thanks again!!

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: December 30th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Akito lookin' pretty (kawaiiayu)

I'll say what I said on Fruity Group:

O_o Whoa! Just. Whoa! And good for Tohru! Offering the olive branch of friendship. Willing to give Akito something she's always wanted: Genuine Friendship. Some one who sees her as a human being, not as the head of the Sohma family or as the God, but just a young woman who needs a friends in her ife. Some one who sees her for her. It's something I've always wanted for Akito.

And damn if it isn't another cliff-hanger!!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 31st, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)

>>And damn if it isn't another cliff-hanger!!<<

Literally. *laughs*

Akki really does need someone who accepts her for herself and Tohru really does have a way of reaching people. ^_^ Now the wait for Ch 122... O_O;

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: December 31st, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Kureno & Ritsu NY dance '05 (flamika)

And I have a feeling Takaya-sensei will be cruel and focus on something else, much to the consternation of the fans.


Posted by: Jessica (odorimasen_ka)
Posted at: December 30th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)


I am writing to ask your permission to repost your Furuba summary for chapter 121 on a Kyouru community on LiveJournal. I will credit you of course. If you would rather I not, I completely understand and I can wait until I see the scans myself to do a translation/summary. Either way, thank you so much for your time, as well as the excellent work you do on Furuba and for Fruity Group! Doumo Arigatou!!



Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 7th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)

On a one time off, I guess that's alright. I would ask that you provide a link to the site though (it's link free now). Cheers!

Posted by: Jessica (odorimasen_ka)
Posted at: January 7th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Milena (milena_tori)
Posted at: December 30th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)

Thank you very much for the summary!

Posted by: Ariyana (ariyanaforever)
Posted at: December 30th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Edna Mode

Wow, the suspense. Thank you for the summary. I'm even more excited to see the scans.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 31st, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
thankies for the summary!

once again u have done a really good job!

but i disagree with ur views on this one. Tohru and Akito both had this coming.i disagree that 'this should be a slap for Kyo'. nobody is considering Kyo's side of the relationship.in chap 120, the poor boy poured his heart to Tohru, telling her everything about his life and his connection with her mother and now all Tohru is thinking is that she got rejected and must move on. how can she give up on him so her easily? he just confessed that he has been living like a dead person since her mothers death, carrying a guilt that was not his fault in the first place. anyone can see that Kyo has lost his desire for life and all Tohru could say was " Accept my love.". that was as good as saying " i don't care for your mental trauma or what you are going through now, but just say yes to me dammit!".
personally i think that she never really loved but just wanted to be with him because he is the 'poor cat'.
she is no different than Akito. she can't complain of loneliness, since she herself refuses to acknowledge the presence of the people who love her. she trusts nobody.she even tested Kyo before confessing to him.
all she thinks is that she should be needed by many people and she doesnt bother to share her problems with them.i think that she looks down on people and thats how she gets strength to live.
Kyo is the last person who should be blamed.he is already suffering enough.and it is Tohru who is losing Kyo, not the other way around.

P.S: i'm not a crazy Kyo fan babbling.i'm actually a devoted Yuki fan.i just think that it is wrong for people to point fingers at Kyo.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 20th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Fruits Basket 122

Did somene find something more than the scan of the page where Ko and Tohru are kissing? I just founded this one...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 21st, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Fruits Basket 122

Some scans aren't publically available, so you'll have to hunt for what is, or wait until someone posts them publically.

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