Unlike some people, I haven't given up on Sakisaka san or the manga. While I agree that the whole KominatoxShuukoxTanaka fiasco wasn't well thought out, hence the erratic plotting and the slapdash conclusion it received, I don't think this foible defines Sakisaka san's calibre as a mangaka.
Now, on Kou's decision. A recurrent theme in this manga has been about letting go of the past and moving on. There are those who support the view that Kou's decided to change his name back to 'Tanaka' and back this supposition with the foreshadowing that happened previously in the manga. I feel that would be quite opposite of what the story has been emphasising from the get-go: Both Kou and Futaba experienced traumas in the past and carried that sort of emotional baggage into their high school days but through the course of the narrative, they slowly overcome those by not fixating on the past and gaining new experiences and forging new relationships. For Kou, whose experiences of his parents divorce and then mother's illness and subsequent demise brought him to a psychological standstill; from not caring about his present or his future and refusing to connect emotionally with people, he emerges out of that due to Futaba and his friends and repairs his relationship with his family. He's grown into his identity as Mabuchi Kou, he's no longer the 12 year old Tanaka Kou; reverting back to that name now would be as pointless as Futaba behaving uncouthly for the sake of not being perceived as 'cute' and holding on to those fair-weather 'friends' she had in the beginning. So in my opinion, a name change would completely defeat the message that the story conveys.
Going with the theme of 'the future' and 'moving on', I do feel the matter that's been weighing on Kou's mind is whether to transfer to advanced classes or not. If it was me, it would be a simple decision if I was in Kou's shoes. He can work hard and perform well irrespective of what class he's in. He would be unwilling to leave the important friends he gained and Futaba by transferring class. I don't know if Tanaka sensei wants Kou to transfer or not but I'm sure he'd be understanding of whatever Kou decides. Therefore, I think Kou wouldn't (and shouldn't) transfer to advanced class.
However, if this cliffhanger decision does turn out to be Kou changing his name back to Tanaka, then I'll join you guys for some Sakisaka-slamming.
Last edited by cruciatus; Yesterday at 06:41 PM.
well for 47 chapters shuuko didnt give a damn about komi (romantically wise) and boom ch 48 in love yeh right o.o
think there's was only 1 chapter where she was shown having a better view of him but nothing romantic.
The way the writter paired them up seems to me more like shuuko thinking ''poor guy has liked me since forever and he is nice to me might as well pity date him'',kinda dissapointing ;/
Though about people saying Tanaka had feelings for her i dissagree,considering the dude was planing to resighn as a teacher if he loved shuuko he could have told her that they could date once he stops being a teacher.(so i think him being her teacher wasnt the reason she was rejected,he just simply didnt love her^^).
I think things would be better if instead of the boring touma arc the writter paired kou and foutaba earlier and developed the side chars abit more or sth like this.
Also even if kou goes to advanced class,they will still be in same school so its not like he gonna be moving to another country or sth so i not get what would be so dramatic about it.