The time has come for chapter nine of Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai! As an odd numbered chapter it’s published in Rutile, even if the cover page claims it to be chapter eight. That’s an unfortunate mistake!
The chapter begins with Leo standing outside the sarakobanwhen a child approaches him. Leo asks the young boy if he’s lost, what his name is and if he’s hungry, but the child remains silent. Then the boy barges through into the koban where Mabu’s sitting at a desk. The child hands over a plate calling it a lost item and then he runs away leaving both Leo and Mabu thoroughly confused.
Leo’s trying to make sense of what just happened. The boy called the plate a lost item, lost as in it was left on the ground. Can there be a connection between this plate and the one Sara came riding in on? No, Leo’s been through a similar situation before, finding plates on the ground, and they belonged to a shop. Mabu also chimes in and wonders if the owner will ever show up?
Some time passes and we see the boy come back. Once again he runs inside the koban, leaves a plate on the desk and runs away without saying a word. And then he does it again!
Then we need to take a moment to appreciate Leo getting ready for the day, brushing his teeth and Mabu sitting at the desk reading a newspaper. How cute and domestic!
Anyway, Mabu says that the kid has been doing this everyday, long enough for him to have lost count of the number of plates they’ve received. They continue to question what’s up with all the plates. Mabu suggests a yokai’s behind them, but according to Leo it’s rather the work of a ghost.
They start arguing about which one it is. Mabu imagines a yokai that piles plates and Leo thinks it’s a ghost because there’s a Japanese ghost story that involves a spirit counting plates to find one missing (Bancho Sarayashiki). However Mabu points out that in this case the plates are increasing so doesn’t add up with the lore. While Leo has to admit that, he also points out that there’s no meaning in a yokai that piles plates. Mabu replies that it’s nonsense to try to find any meaning with yokai!
The discussions returns to whether or not the plates are related to Sara and Leo comes up with a horrible scenario: Once they receive enough plates, Sara will get spirited away! Mabu has to calm him down saying it’s just a made-up story.
The following day Leo and Mabu get a visit from the mother of the boy, who brought him there to apologize for playing a prank on them. Another simple and mundane answer to a mysterious and bizarre situation.
There are only two chapters left before the anime (hopefully) starts airing. I wonder if the story’s about to wrap up in any clear way or if we’ll get two fairly independent chapters similar to this one?
The spin-off manga for Sarazanmai continues. It’s an odd month so chapter eight of Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai is published in Rutile Sweet, where it will be available for free until the 22nd of February 2019.
Here’s the cover for the chapter. I’m not sure what Leo’s up to, especially since Sara’s behind him with Mabu, but he sure looks cute!
The chapter begins with Mabu and Sara visiting Sensou-ji, the famous temple in Asakusa. Mabu’s praying for good health and that even after they find Sara’s parents, there would be some good way she’d become his daughter.
Suddenly he hears a cry for help! There’s a foreign woman in trouble. She speaks a nice mixture of Japanese and English, but luckily her portrayal isn’t cringey (it’s mainly amusing to me to see what she chooses to say in English respective Japanese).
Apparently her baggage has been stolen! Mabu enters cop-mode, asks her for more details and is frantically trying to spot the thief. The woman offers to hold on to Sara while he runs out to find the thief and the stolen suitcase. Mabu doesn’t look too happy about it, but leaves Sara to her care and hurries off.
He calls Leo and lets him know they have another purse snatcher to deal with and asks him to come as well. Leo’s hesitant as he’s pretty far away, but Mabu’s firm and demands that he come quickly. Mabu spots the thief and catches him just as Leo turns up (wasn’t he supposed to be somewhat far away?). However they don’t have time to celebrate catching the thief, as Mabu has to run back to find Sara, leaving Leo to deal with the afterwork.
Back at the temple Mabu comes across an older woman who tells him that Sara was taken to a nearby cafe specializing on Japanese sweets, and then a worker at the cafe tells him to look for her at the back. Both greet him using his name, showing us how he and Leo sure are friendly with everyone in the neighbourhood!
Both the woman and Sara are safe and sound. Sara’s sleeping in the woman’s arms as she calls her cute and comments on how Sara must be remembering her mom.
Mabu doesn’t respond with anything but looks like this
Back at the station Leo and Mabu have a quick and casual talk about finishing the paperwork when Leo notes that something seems off about Mabu. Mabu is wondering if it really would be better to have a mother to raise a child. Leo’s shocked at what Mabu’s saying, since earlier Mabu was the one to say how they would raise Sara together. Mabu continues with how Sara seemed so peaceful while she was being held in the woman’s embrace.
Now Leo can’t believe what he’s hearing! Sara makes them happy! Compared to women, it’s hard for them because they don’t have breasts, but other than that they’ll make Sara the happiest she can be! That’s what Leo believes.
Sara just mutters “deisshu” in her sleep. Mabu seems to come around and agree with Leo.
The tone shifts for the last page when Leo starts eating some anmitsu (a Japanese dessert made out of agar jelly cubes, anko, fruits etc.) and tastes the anko (red bean paste), which he claims is some of the best he’s ever had. The anmitsu is something the foreign woman gave them as a thank you for helping her and catching the thief. Eating the anko is something that brings Leo happiness as well! Mabu asks if they even made zenzai (red bean soup) to witch Leo agrees and adds that when it’s hot outside it’s nice and chilling.
And with that the chapter ends! It further showed us that the question of whether or not it’s right for them to raise Sara is a major recurring one. Speaking of recurring themes, I’m also super interested in if there’s something more to all these sweets they keep mentioning, in the chapters, advertising for the chapters and on the keeponly1luv (and Lapin Track) twitter account as well. How big of a role are sweets going to play in Sushizanmai?
One thing out of many that I love about Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmaiis you never know what you’ll get with each chapter. Let’s see what they’ve come up with for chapter seven!
In this volume of Rutile we also got a coloured page that I posted earlier here. Leo and Mabu look so cool!
The chapter begins with drama as Leo visits the Taito City Office with Sara and gets told to give her up for adoption, because how can two men raise a baby and at a police station of all places? Of course that’s not something Leo could ever do, which he makes very clear. They continue talking about some more bureaucracy, particularly regarding Sara’s name.
Back home Leo and Mabu discuss Leo’s visit and agree on not wanting to give Sara away, because then they wouldn’t be able to spend time with her anymore. They also don’t like the idea of someone changing her name, even if the way they named her was a little weird. Mabu brings up Sara’s parents and mentions how they’re more of a problem for how they left her for them to find on a plate laying on the ground. He asks Leo if he’s ready to return her to her real parents if they ever were to find them to which Leo replies that he has no intention of giving her to anyone. It’s a difficult situation for them because as police officers they also have their duty to try and find them, even if they don’t have anything to base their search on.
Then they have cute domestic moment with Leo feeding and burping Sara and Mabu commenting on how motherly he is. That however results in an argument because what does Mabu mean Leo’s like a mom, Mabu’s the one who’s the mom!!
They only stop arguing once Sara starts crying. Leo and Mabu are quick to find a solution; both of them will be the mom and the dad.
For the last page of the chapter they get a quick visitor, who after apologising for interrupting them as they’re deciding on who’s the father and who’s the mother, asks for directions to the nearest train station. And like everyone else they’ve encountered before, of course he can’t help but comment on how cute Sara is!
Chapter eight will be available online in Rutile Sweet as of this day until the 22nd of February 2019. I hope it’s a bit more lighthearted!
Second best part about this chapter (after Leo and Mabu arguing about their parental roles) was Mabu drinking tea from his 搾♥取 cup. It’s recurring, both in the manga and on their twitter account!
Chapter 7 of Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai will be published today in the January issue of Rutile. This month the presented Asakusa sweets is LISZT’s “Grilled Donut”! The fluffy texture with the fragrance of butter and the accent of orange peels makes for a stylish sweets!