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Oh my goddd. 

That main panel. It chills me. 

It’s everything Fai has been avoiding since day one. It’s Fai on display without anything to hide him. It’s Kurogane seeing the truth of Fai without anything else between them. 

It’s a heavy moment charged with a hundred and twelve chapters of build up and I want to swim in this panel forever. 

And then Yuuto fucking ruins it. 

But I’m keeping this panel because I love it so much. 

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you know that i love you boy, hot like méxico

have i ever mentioned how much i love these two i mean wow

OKAY.

OKAY SO. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. 

I don’t even know. Let’s start with Fai’s look of ACTUAL GENUINE SURPRISE here. He’s completely caught off guard. There was no way in his mind that Kurogane had figured that out, and yet here it is, and he is not prepared for this at all. No trace of a smile anywhere on his face. His guard is completely down. 

And in a bit of a dick move Kurogane jabs his injured leg because okay, maybe Kurogane isn’t quite as good at this new “caring” thing than I was willing to think. And it hurts him, so confirmation that Fai can still be badly injured and feels the pain of it when it happens. 

But then Kurogane launches into a morality speech. Like, this is Kurogane giving a speech on morality here. I’m dying to see what point he’ll end this with on the next page, but for now I think it’s important to point out that he’s basically going “yeah murder is bad and stuff but…”. In which he’s drawing a very clear line between himself and Fai, and I think it’s either going to be the honesty thing (like “I murder people but at least I’m honest about it”. Which seems off topic here, so maybe unlikely) or the mortality thing (as in “I murder people but you don’t value your life at all”, which seems more on track).

I don’t think he’s offended that Fai never told him, but I think he’s pissed that Fai doesn’t actually put any effort into surviving anything. He’s an absolute pro at fighting but he doesn’t actually try to win in the proper way, he just plays around. He used all his darts at the beginning of the battle and then just started avoiding things, and instead of taking the disadvantage seriously he just stood there, plainly stated that he was out of weaponry, and allowed himself to get hurt. 

So he’s not doing it properly, but Kurogane also seems to be more than a bit mad at him for not caring about himself when Kurogane clearly does. 

Fai’s also doing the eye thing in that last panel there, so, you know, that worries me. 

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OKAY. 

OKAY. 

I MAY HAVE SPOKEN TOO SOON. 

THIS IS ACTUALLY BETTER THAN KUROGANE AND MOKONA DRINKING IN A TREE. 

KUROGANE AND FAI DRINKING ALONE. ALL NIGHT LONG. AND NOT REALISING IT WAS MORNING UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS. 

They’re going to talk about plot things in a second I’m sure buT THIS MEANS THERE WAS LIKE 6-8 HOURS OF DRUNKEN CONVERSATION AND GENERAL HANGING OUT THAT WAS ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT TO THE PLOT. 

THAT WE DIDN’T GET TO SEE. 

AND LOOK AT HOW MUCH ALCOHOL THEY DRANK. THERE ARE AT LEAST 30 FULL SIZE BOTTLES THERE, PLUS FIVE OR SO SMALLER ONES. 

THAT IS A LOT OF ALCOHOL. 

FOR TWO PEOPLE. 

WHO JUST SPENT AN ENTIRE NIGHT IN EACH OTHER’S COMPANY TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARE SURPRISED THAT IT IS ACTUALLY DAY TIME ALREADY. 

DO YOU SEE WHERE I’M GOING WITH THIS.

“We’re going to play Mortal Kombat, but we’re going to be the same guy. ”
“We already are in real life, too.”

Dang, Link, that’s almost…sweet.