fai not being able to sing at all, but kurogane never says anything because he knows that fai loves to sing. kurogane having a beautiful and gentle voice that he only shares when fai is half asleep in his arms and can’t say anything to possibly tease him. husbands singing to each other. lovely husbands

I spent about 5 minutes trying to get over the fact that Kurogane is wearing a headband and failed utterly. 

Guys, Kurogane in a headband. I don’t know why this is so exciting, but my brain says it is, so who am I to argue? Kurogane in a headband. 

Of course it comes hand in hand with the fact that both he and Fai are in different clothes altogether, which means that enough time has passed for them to at least get changed into the presents Sakura won through her illicit gambling skills. It might be the next day, it might only be five minutes later. It’s always hard to tell. 

I’m in two minds over them trying to leave Chu’nyan behind. On the one hand they’ve built up her own personal investment in this situation so much that it seems odd to leave her out of its resolution. On the other hand, it could be a death trap, so leaving her behind is logical. Especially from the friendly perspective, and even more so when you consider that Chu’nyan has shown none of the fighting prowess that the others so clearly have. (Even Sakura outstrips her at this point. Which makes me wonder if they’ll be leaving Sakura with her as well? Again, logical decision. BUT SAKURA AND SCREEN TIME. I NEED MORE OF IT TO HAPPEN) 

But obviously the best thing to happen here is the entire part of the last two panels. Not only do Fai and Mokona both look to Kurogane in tandem, but Fai is actually suggesting that he might be more effective at talking to Chu’nyan than he is. It’s hard to tell if he means it seriously of if he’s just doing it to tease him. Either way, Kurogane’s expression in the final panel is everything I ever needed in life. TBH I don’t think this low quality scan really gives an accurate impression of just how striking it is on the actual pages, but I’m sure you can tell how it’s supposed to be. 

This blog might seriously turn into a Kurogane’s Face Appreciation Blog. I would have no regrets. 

Uno dei pochi piaceri che ho è:
guidare nelle ore disparate del giorno e della notte in solitaria, con la radio accesa e canticchiare sottovoce. Guidare in quelle strade che solitamente sono super trafficate ma appena sono deserte sono le più belle, dove le idee si riordinano e tutto sembra apposto automaticamente e anche le persone o le cose più dolorose fanno meno male. Quelle strade in cui riesco a state bene.

Ecco, questo è uni dei pochi piaceri che non mi dovete togliere.

Fay loves to get piggy rides from Kurogane,although the other one is always saying no and gets grumpy Fay always manages to make him do it..once Kurogane get the blond on his back,sometimes he is acting like he is losing balance only to feel the smaller in size man to cling tight on him and feel his chest press to his back,someother times he isn’t acting and he is just giving him a peaceful ride,in which Fay relaxes,lays his head on his shoulders and Kurogane can feel his breath to his neck and his arms loose and relaxed around his neck.

Teasing him or not Kurogane never dropped him.

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SAKURA DID A THING!

I’m so pleased. 

Because Chu’nyan has a very legitimate reason to be upset over this. Like I said just before, this struggle is basically her entire life. It took everything she had and left her with nothing, and she’s tried so hard for so long to try and make things right. Only now these new guys are gonna go off and fix it straight away with out any input from her whatsoever. It must hurt her so much. 

Which isn’t to say it doesn’t hurt Syaoran to do it either. He has that “dark decisions” look to his face when he’s actually quite upset about something but isn’t letting any of it show on his face. Instead he has to show a bit of a cruel facade to keep Chu’nyan from coming along, because she won’t listen to anything said nicely (ie, Fai). 

But Sakura is there to pick up the pieces and support Chu’nyan when she needs it the most, AND I’M SO GLAD THAT SAKURA IS DOING AT LEAST SOMETHING THAT THIS IS ALL WAY MORE EXCITING TO ME THAN IT PROBABLY LOOKS. 

LOOK AT SAKURA GO. She was comatose just a few days ago, but now she’s not only coping with the very weird backstory that everyone had to explain to her but she can actually read the correct character motivations behind what these people (that she doesn’t really know ) do, match it to the inconsistency of what they’re actually doing, and explain it to Chu’nyan in a gentle way, even though she doesn’t know her that well either. 

Sakura you guys. 

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Fai, of course, gets to do the motivation explanation. What I like most about it this time is that it’s heavily implied to be exactly what Sakura will be explaining to Chu’nyan right now, if in different wording. Separately, both Fai and Sakura have managed to decode Syaoran’s coldness and attribute his truer, kinder motivations. 

Kurogane contributes by pointing out that they’re totally going to kill him. 

Good job Kurogane. A++ moral dilemma support there. 

It probably pays to mention the fact that Fai asks that last question mostly for Syaoran’s own benefit. They already KNOW what they’re going to do when they find the Ryanban’s feather. It goes without saying. But he voices it now because it’s going to focus Syaoran and pull him fully out of his sudden depression. 

And viola. 

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Angryface!Syaoran makes his return. And apparently has some hidden power. Or something. I mean, sure. Why not. You could conceivably say that about ANY of the party members though, so the fact that the Ryanban focuses on Syaoran here is either just keeping in theme with the Syaoran focus of the previous page, or he legitimately has something else going on right now. Then again, maybe it’s just the power of intense and sudden flashbacks that he’s sensing. It’s hard to tell. 

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BUT KUROGANE. 

KUROGANE NO. 

WE DISCUSSED THIS. 

THERE WAS EXTENSIVE DIALOGUE ABOUT THIS IN THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER. 

FAI EVEN HAD TO TRADE AWAY HIS STAFF. 

HOW DID YOU FORGET THIS AND DECIDE TO OPEN THE DOOR ANYWAY. 

Sidenote: the simple fact that he can open that door. Because holy crap, look how big that thing is. It must weigh a tonne. 

But, you know. Whatever. Let’s open the door. Why not. What could possibly happen.