When his marriage to Taiga's sister is revealed to be a sham, Shuu's insecurity may rip apart the fragile family bonds that have formed.
Writer/Artist: Sugano and Etsumi Ninomiya
Translation: Mary Kennard
Adaptation: Mary Kennard
What They Say
"GET OUT." Those were the last words that Taiga Obinata said to Shuu Asuou. Taiga is afraid that his brothers are getting more and more attached to Shuu by the minute. But what scares Taiga even more is that he hasn't gotten over his own feelings for Shuu - feelings he's kept hidden since high school. And Taiga just can't fall for his sister's husband, right?
But what happens when Akinobu drops the ultimate bomb - Shima and Shuu's marriage isn't registered in the Obinata family records. What then? Will Shuu just give up his dream of being part of the Obinata family? Will Taiga let Shuu go, just like that time in high school so many years ago? Will these two messed-up adults ever figure out what even Yuuta can see so clearly - that some things just won't change? Like love. Like family. Like the feelings and bonds which go beyond blood or records, which tie even strangers closely together. Find out what happens to this ragtag family in this heartwarming and emotional conclusion to the Clear Skies series.
After seeing how attached his brothers are getting to Shuu, Taiga tells him to leave. He seems to think that Shuu is going to leave them, and doesn't want his brothers hurt by the abandonment. Over the course of their talk, more of their past together is revealed, and it seems like they had almost been more than friends. Of course, living in a small house with thin walls means that everybody heard every word, but Taiga's brothers and Yuuta take it in stride and start referring to Shuu as Taiga's bride.
During the local festival, Yuuta and Mayumi take off on their own, revealing a bit more about Shuu's past, how he and Yuuta are connected, and even offering a bit of insight into Taiga's youngest brother. Shuu and Taiga come to more of an understanding, but Shuu's marriage to Taiga's sister remains a roadblock to any further development in their relationship. When that marriage is revealed to be a sham, Shuu's insecurity may break the bonds that this unusual family has formed.
This story really is utterly charming. The characters are very well realized and intensely compelling, and the vulnerability that both Shuu and Taiga demonstrate is touchingly believable. Watching Shuu's stunted emotions gradually develop, seeing what was really under Taiga's gruff exterior, and all of the fun family interactions were fantastic. The contrast between this and the novel was interesting. While some things were more obvious or better described in the novelization, I still prefer the manga version. If I had any real complaint, it's that there isn't more - one or two more chapters would really help round things off. As it is, the ending fells a bit abrupt. If a sweet story about love and family is your thing, be sure to check this one out.