江夏孝美 x 冬城温史 Konishi Katsuyuki x Yusa Kouji 小西克幸 x 遊佐浩二
Other cast:近衛達 Hatano Wataru 羽多野渉
石田祐司 – Kisaichi Atsushi 私市淳
柳本孝史 – Satou Takuya 佐藤拓也
鏡花 – Mitsuki Saiga 斎賀みつき
Rating: Recommended for “Attack uke”, H-scenes, Yusa Kouji’s crying voice :D
Quick Summary: (No ending spoilers)
He didn’t say that the confession was forgotten.
How long does he want to keep me waiting?
Forensic doctor Fuyuki Atsushi (Yusa Kouji) is troubled… by the love confession of police detective, Enatsu Takami (Konishi Katsuyuki). Fuyuki is captivated by the hot-blooded older man whose unkempt outward appearance belies his passion towards his job. However, the doctor is unable to express his own feelings toward the detective honestly and reciprocate the confession. It has been two months since then and the two men continue to date occasionally but not as a couple.
One day, the body of an unidentified murder victim is discovered near Fuyuki’s apartment. Fuyuki and Enatsu finally meet each other again at the crime scene after their last date which was almost three weeks ago. However, Fuyuki can clearly feel that Enatsu is trying to avoid him.
Was he lying when he said that he fell in love with me?
Fuyuki found himself shaken by the possibility. His ex-boyfriend, Takashi (Satou Takuya) has not given up their relationship and comes for him again. Adding to the mix, Enatsu’s new work partner, a young, handsome and eligible detective, Konoe Itaru (Hatano Wataru) reveals his sexual preference for men during dinner after work. What is his intention for doing so?
The second novel of Houigakusha to Keiji series is by Shuudo Rena 愁堂れな and illustrated by Takashina Yuu 高階佑.
Comments and detailed Summary with spoilers
This is the much awaited sequel to the first volume of the series, Houigakusha to Keiji no Aishou. Contrary to the first novel, the author placed more emphasis on main couple’s inner thoughts about their feelings for each other and their relationship. Although the detective case this time is not as intriguing as the previous one, it is still enjoyable.
The sequel begins with Fuyuki sending Enatsu back to the police department. The two men are working on a case together but have decided to take a break and go for a relaxing drive at Enatsu’s request. When they reached the station, Enatsu wants to ask Fuyuki to spend the night at his place but can’t get the words out. Noticing his hesitation, Fuyuki asks the detective if there’s anything he wants to do? However, when he reaches for Fukuyi, the man averts his eyes. Discouraged by the reaction, Enatsu retracts his hand. He finds it difficult to make a move on him, not even a kiss. In the end, Enatsu bades him goodbye and gets out of the car. Then Fuyuki drives off.
As Enatsu looks at Fuyuki’s car in a distance. He notices that the hazard lights are flashing and a thought crosses his mind. Flashing a car’s hazard lights five times is translated as a code for “I love you” as sung in an old song in the past (Note: I love you in Japanese is made up of five characters あ-い-し-て-る) However, he thinks that maybe he is being stupid for even thinking about the possibility of Fuyuki dropping such a hint.
After that day, Enatsu and Fuyuki did not meet each other again. Enatsu was busy with his cases and as Fuyuki did not contact him either, Enatsu thinks that the doctor is probably busy too. Three weeks passed by quickly. Enatsu is having a smoke break. The previous case that the two of them were working on has closed and Enatsu is struggling to make the phone call to the doctor. For more than ten minutes, he holds on to his phone, trying to think of a reason to call Fuyuki (lol~ hetare seme indeed but I think most people are like this during the pursuing period of a relationship hehe~). He take a deep breath and finally convinces himself that it is ok to call Fuyuki because they have already closed the case.
Fuyuki picks up the call…
Fuyuki: Oh~ Enatsu-san, what are you calling me for?
Enatsu: Can’t I call even if I’m not asking you for something?
Fuyuki: You only call when there’s something you want, right? (So matter-of-fact. Really not cute at all lol~ :D)
Enatsu: Something… well… (probably wrecking his brain for a reason)… Let’s go and eat monja (もんじゃ焼き is similar to a fried pancake/pizza.) I watched a TV special feature on monja last night and I haven’t had it for some time, so I feel like eating it again. Ah~ that monja place in Tsukishima, called “Momiji”… Shall we go there? (Momiji is the same place that Fuyuki brought Enatsu to when they had dinner for the first time in Vol. 1)
Fuyuki: I already have an appointment tonight. Sorry about that. I’ll contact you again.
And Fuyuki hangs up promptly. Enatsu is taken aback by such a blunt rejection and it makes him wonder where his love confession is leading him to. He sighs and wonders aloud that he has completely no idea what Fuyuki is thinking.
Just then, Enatsu’s new partner, Konoe calls out to him. He has been looking for him and says that it’ll be nice if he can join him for monja too. Konoe is a young detective who is assigned to Enatsu’s department recently. Besides having a bright personality, the almost 1.90 m tall young man is well-built, handsome, smart and has a wealthy background. His deceased father was a well-known congressman and he is every bit the eligible bachelor.
Konoe apologises for overhearing Enatsu’s conversation and says that he would like to go for a drink with the older detective since it is rare that they finish work early. Enatsu doesn’t mind and both of them go to Momiji for dinner.
Momiji’s lady owner helps the men fry their monja and Enatsu notices that besides wearing makeup, she is also more well-dressed this time. Konoe wonders if Enatsu is interested in older women because he is staring at the lady owner rather than eating their monja. Surprised by the question, Enatsu explains that he is intrigued because the lady owner feels different from before. In return, he points out that Konoe seems to pay too much compliments to her at frying the monja. At this, Konoe reveals that he is not interested in women because he is actually gay. He treats women this way because he does not want them to find out about his real sexual preference.
Konoe is surprised that Enatsu doesn’t give a strong reaction to his confession. What he doesn’t know is that this is the second time that someone came out of the closet before Enatsu at Momoji. The first was Fuyuki who did it in volume one.
In the background, the lady owner, Yasue continues to be busy and some of the regular customers ask her why her son, Toshiyo is not helping her. When she explains that he hasn’t come home recently, a lady customer reveals that he seems to be hanging out with bad company. Her male companion interrupts her and Yasue excuses herself. Later on he chides her for gossiping but she retorts that it is worrying because the people Toshiyo is mixing with look like gangsters (yakuza).
Enatsu seems to be distracted by the conversation and Konoe asks him if he would like to go to Ginza for drinks. Enatsu feels that it’ll be expensive but Konoe reassures him that it is ok because the bar is run by his younger brother. Enatsu thought Konoe only has an older brother and the man explains that his younger brother is his half-brother by his father’s mistress. Enatsu is surprised by this confession and Konoe says that Enatsu is the first person he revealed the truth to. He offers to give Enatsu a treat and asks him to come along so that he can introduce his brother to him. Enatsu rejects him but Konoe feels that it is alright because he can afford it. Then he humbly apologises for it but Enatsu feels that it’s not his fault that he is rich.
The situation reminds him of Fuyuki, when they first had dinner together. He confided in him about his past and also asked him to go to Ginza after that. Enatsu begins to wonder if he misinterpreted Fuyuki’s feelings since Konoe is also doing something similar. He feels that maybe they are telling him all these things only because they feel that Enatsu is someone they can talk to.
Enatsu asks for the bill and excuses himself, saying he has to attend to something. He turns up outside Fuyuki’s apartment. He stands outside, thinking that he is behaving like a teenager in love for the first time. He is determined to find out Fuyuki’s answer to his confession. Just then, a taxi arrives and Fuyuki gets off with another man called Takashi. Enatsu recognises Takashi as the ex-boyfriend who was stalking Fuyuki and is upset by the thought that Fuyuki rejected him because of his appointment with Takashi.
On the other hand, Fuyuki was asked to attend a gathering that evening with his superior, Masuda-sensei. When Enatsu finally called three weeks after their last date, Fuyuki was actually very happy but he ends up sounding curt again when he rejected him on the phone. Fuyuki feels bad that he can’t seem to express his feelings positively towards Enatsu when he wanted to.
Three weeks ago when they went for a drive, Fuyuki was hoping that Enatsu would ask him to stay over for the night but he didn’t seem to be interested. He also averted his eyes on purpose as he expected Enatsu to kiss him but the man didn’t do anything. Fuyuki had even flashed his car’s hazard lights as a love hint based on an old song too but he thinks that Enatsu probably didn’t notice it either. (Lol~ these two guys are a real match for each other :P)
Then Fuyuki analyses deeper and thinks that maybe Enatsu understood the hint and that is why he didn’t contact him for the past few weeks. He begins to wonder if Enatsu was only feeling sorry for him after he knows that he has broken up with his boyfriend. Enatsu wasn’t even gay when they met each other. Fuyuki decides that he should give Enatsu call immediately after the gathering is over.
However, Takashi shows up and pleads with Fuyuki to listen to what he has to say. He says that he has no choice but to come to him because Fuyuki refuses to take his calls. In the end, Masuda-sensei decides to go for the gathering himself and leaves Fuyuki with Takashi.
Takashi: We were in a relationship for 10 years. When you called me to tell me that we’re breaking up, how can I just let it go like that?
That night, Takashi and Fuyuki go to their usual hangouts in Roppongi for dinner, drinks before heading back to Fuyuki’s apartment. They even kiss each other in the taxi but Fuyuki is determined to end the relationship. At home, Fuyuki chides Takashi for creating a scene just now when he kept crying about not wanting to break up. Takashi ignores Fuyuki and reminises that what they did was just like their routine in the past and says that he doesn’t want to break up. Fukuyi breaks away from his embrace to bring him some water.
Takashi confronts Fuyuki about the reason for their break up.
Takashi: Why must we break up? Is it because my sick father wanted me to get married?
Fuyuki: Takashi, please calm down.
Takashi: No matter how much my father wishes for it, I cannot get married. The person I love is Atsushi (you). I think I’m going to make my father understand that I am gay.
Fuyuki: You can’t do that!
Takashi: Why not?
Fuyuki: Don’t you realise how shocked your father will be if he found out? He’ll be so pitiful!
Takashi: Then what about me? Am I not pitiful too?
Takashi: You’re always doing things to fulfill the expectations of other people, like my father’s wishes. Aren’t you just trying to act like a good boy? Where are your own feelings?
Fuyuki: Well… that…
Takashi: You’re doing it because you don’t want anyone to hate you! You don’t really love me very much, do you? Otherwise, how can you break up with me so easily after 10 years of relationship? … I’ve had enough…
With that, Takashi storms out of Fuyuki’s apartment. Fuyuki sighs in resignation and says to himself that it is not possible to continue a relationship with someone for 10 years, if he didn’t love the person at all. Fuyuki also realises that all this while, both of them seldom get into arguments because he has always gone along with what Takashi wants but it didn’t bother him then. Fuyuki downs more alcohol and thinks that Takashi is probably right about him…
The next day, Konoe asks Enatsu to join him and Ishida from Fuyuki’s work place with some female students. Konoe explains that they insist that Enatsu takes part too. He even points out that Enatsu’s wild and cool appearance are attracting a lot of attention recently. Enatsu is unimpressed but Konoe tries to persuade him by revealing that these dates are a good way for him to be straight-acting. Just then Enatsu’s office phone rings and they are informed about a discovery of a dead body. Enatsu and Konoe leave immediately for the crime scene…
——– Summary to be continued ———
Sorry to disappoint you if you’re expecting a full summary/review. In fact, I’ve had this part of the review written a week ago but haven’t found the energy (and a clear mind lol) to complete it yet. I think I got kind of carried away with the details this time OTL;;; but I enjoyed it cos I liked how the relationship of this couple developed and the addition of Konoe to the mix.
Anyway, hopefully I can up it by this weekend! :3
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