So this is, thus far, one of my favorite mangas. The main reason is because the whole extreme, love-hate relationship is an interesting dynamic (one that is unique and action-driven). Furthermore, has anyone noticed that the drawing/artwork has improved? Aside from all that, if you're staying up-to-date w/ this manga, and trying to interpret the raws like I am, then you must be eager to know how Tsukimiya and Hinata's relationship will play out.
After Hinata seemingly betrayed Tsukimiya (shooting her in the legs and leaving her to die, telling her that that's what happens when you stick your neck out, etc), we see that Tsukimiya has a hard time dealing w/ his harsh treatment towards her. Yes, she doesn't see him as a friend (which seems to subtly strick a cord w/Hinata when she asks for a favor given their "acquaintance"-like history--he ends up telling her that she is really dissappointing him), but she looks for some common ground w/ him. When she lies in bed thinking about the events that took place, she even asks herself, "Just what am I hoping for?" Does this hint at an urge or a desire for her to be with Hinata? Ultimately, I think that she doesn't want to admit to herself that she has developed feelings for him for some odd reason. We don't get much insight as to what Hinata is thinking or feeling about his relationship with her. His plans have always kind of been kept to himself. However, we do get a sense of what Tsukimiya is feeling & thinking (at the very least, the constant feeling of betrayal and dissappointment). Overall, I think that she, at least unconsciously, recognizes that she and he are a lot alike. Even Hinata later states that they are bound together. But I think that she expects more from him (an act of kindness, more concern for her well-being, honesty, something more stable in him). I think what bothers her most is the fact that she can't exactly read him or his intentions since he's never honest w/ her. She acknolwedges his selfishness and just seems to expect that he'll always backstab her, but for some reason, the hope that she has in him just wont die. It's sad really because it doesn't seem as though she is close to anyone, and the only person who she has relied upon in some way (throughout the entire story) is him alone. I wish that he would put some kind of effort into the relationship. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the whole love-hate relationship thing, it's truly unique. But some more development on his part would not only be nice, it would push the plot forward.
Potential Spoiler Alert: From what I can gather from the raws, it appears that Tsukimiya later betrays him (finally, what seems to be an upperhand over Hinata). Ultimately, I think that he's the one that drove her to be that way since he never opened up to her. Honestly, she gets backstabbed so many times by him it's just overwhelming. It's unfortunate, but she barely ever has the upper-hand; she's always at the mercy of someone else. She has the same hunger for power as Hinata, yet she always has something more to lose because of her predictament. What is your take on this? Truly, I'm kind of dissappointed in the raws. I want to see more development on their relationship and the meaning/execution of her brand (and Hinata's important role dealing w/ the whole divine prophecy thing). I think that the story is getting a little side-tracked just by glancing at the raws.
So....is there any predictions that you may have concerning the development on this pairs' relationship?