So I told Onicchi that I’d be taking a temporary hiatus from the blog to spend time scanning Volumes 7 & 8 instead, but the fangirl in me just CAN’T HELP IT!
Warning: Mild spoilers ahead– but they’re really Akiyama x Nao moments, not plot related anyway.
So I’ve only looked at Volume 7 so far and a bit of Volume 8, but it’s been AWESOME. Shinobu Kaitani devotes AN ENTIRE PANEL to Akiyama resting (…tapping) his hand on Nao’s shoulder while she appeared worried. Then HE told HER to believe.
Yay, she’s rubbing off on him!! <33
Even BETTER was when he told her to ‘wait’ and grabbed her arm.
GRABBED HER ARM. As in the corny romance “don’t go” GRABBING ARM. Darn, why won’t he just kiss her already?!
And geez, Nao is just made up of epic win in this volume.
Onicchi, this is where I need your help (to affirm it it’s an accurate translation :P) :
Towards the end of Volume 8, Akiyama looks pissed off at something Nao did (cue to a scene where he was standing behind Nao, his hand placed on her shoulder. It wasn’t even a ‘tap’), and after Nao says something, he completely bursts on her, yelling and berating her (for what, I didn’t bother to look up yet). But Nao’s still smiling, and apparently she blows the lid off something, leading to his complete shock and surprise and exclamations of “haaa?”
GOD, Nao = <3. I love it when she does that huge smile of hers.
It’s been clear from the start that Akiyama has been protective of Nao, even if he never showed any physical contact/…intimacy. He’s never bothered to mince words (he’s completely honest with her), and continuously tells her things along the lines of “stop crying! It won’t solve a thing!” During Round 2, Fukunaga was hilarious when probing why Nao wanted to stick to Akiyama, saying “Do you two have something going on?”, much to my delight. The expression that accompanied those words was amusing too.
The best part in Round 2 came when Nao returned to the mansion where the tournament was being held– Akiyama reacts by yelling (again!) “You came back?! What for?!”. Nao can’t see it, but the readers can — it’s obvious that Akiyama’s quite upset. And I’m assuming it’s because he’s concerned.
….and unfortunately, that’s all I have to say for now.
*dreamy far-off look*…
So, Onicchi, are there other moments that jump out in your mind?
EDIT: Onicchi pointed this out– and I can’t believe I didn’t even see it!!!
On the cover of Volume 8, Akiyama and Nao are holding hands!!!!
Also, Onicchi has translated the last chapter of Volume 8 — and when Nao reveals something (to the surprise of Akiyama), she says “Akiyama-san still doesn’t pay close attention to women’s feelings, does he?” — and then suddenly switches the topic (slightly turning red and looking embarrased)!!
EDIT 2: Uploaded the Cover of Volume 8. I also made markings all over it– consider it a watermark, if you will….
EDIT 3: My two most favorite AkiyamaxNao moments (especially more like Akiyama -> Nao, and he doesn’t even realize it!)
sheru was totally right, Nao blushed after that! XD
She’s not as oblivious as one would expect. At least she realizes that SOMETHING is going on.
And how does Akiyama have a masters in Psychology and not realize that Nao is developing feelings for him??
Poor guy, he really must have closed himself off after his mother’s death…