this new chapter because we finally have more shin soukoku interaction. I’ve personally been waiting for it.
The first time I saw the beginning of the chapter (when the raws were
first released) I remember being surprised to see dazai holding both
atsushi and akutagawa. I mean, their position is hilarious and their faces
even more. But now that I have the context, I can’t help but pity
akutagawa. I know that dazai saved him, and I understand that he
wants dazai to acknowledge him, but I thought that since dazai
already acknowledged he was strong, he would calm down. Of course,
I never expected him to suddenly move on and forget dazai but still.
Akutagawa has so much potential, he has people who care for him (like
higuchi) and who recognize his strength (like atsushi and I think
Hawthorne, among others) yet he is still stuck in the past. Hopefully, now that his
character is being developed and his relationship with atsushi
is progressing, he will learn to value more the others (and not be
too emotionally dependent on dazai). What I didn’t like in this chapter,
is that dazai felt the need to manipulate akutagawa, reminding him
this was a good opportunity for him to prove him he changed after 4 years. I can
guess why he said that. It was necessary that akutagawa accepted to work with atsushi so that their mission would go without
(much) problems, and for shin soukoku to be born. However, I still want to believe there were other ways to convince him and I don’t think it is fair to akutagawa.