Can Natori handle the truth about his real role in Rui's life, and will Rui find a way out of her romantic entaglements?
Writer/Artist: Shioko Mizuki
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Kai Connick
What They Say
The Cy-Believers' club is moving along better than ever as refugees from other clubs make it their home. They all have one thing in common - they hate Natori! Despite Natori's behavior, Rui finds herself jumping to his defense... but is that just because the boy she really likes is entangled elsewhere?
The shock of finding out his true role in Rui's life proved to be too much for Natori, who collapses in defeat. Or maybe it was the poison that Rui's father slipped him. Either way, he winds up bedridden and in the worst shape any of his friends can remember him being in, so they're forced to take desperate measures, and beg Rui to visit him.
This is where things get really complicated. Rui sees herself as a robot, trapped in her father's web and only able to act according to his programming. While she's more than willing to fight for others, she herself is a different story. Azumi and Rio are her princes, the ones who might save her because they seem to be above and apart from all of her father's schemes. But despite the feelings she thinks she has for Azumi, she manages to misunderstand things completely and winds up thinking that he's already involved with not only one, but two other people!
When Natori confesses his real feelings to her and starts to show her something more than the narcissistic dictator, her feelings start to soften towards him. But is it only an act, or something more? Natori desperately wants to save Rui from her father, but doesn't understand how much he's under her father's control.
This is definitely one of the stranger series out there, but it manages to be both funny and charming at the same time, in an odd sort of way. It doesn't take itself seriously and neither should you, but anyone looking for an out-there romance with a side of the absurd should definitely give this a chance.