REO TO MABU: FUTARI WA SARAZANMAI – CHAPTER 11

We’ve reached the last chapter of Reo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai! This month it’s published in Rutile, although the tankobon was published on the same day so I got it instead (yay for saving space and money). In reality, however I’m checking out the e-book version because it’s easier. 

It’s been a long ride (almost an entire year!) so it’s both sad and rewarding to see it come to an end. Please enjoy the conclusion of the series!

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The cover for chapter eleven is baby Sara looking cute as ever!

The chapter begins where we were left off last time with a grown up version of Sara appearing in front of Reo and Mabu.

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Reo and Mabu are panicking. This person is Sara? Their Sara? Mabu checks the baby bed Sara was lying on and sees that it’s empty. What’s going on? Where is she and what happened to her?

Reo asks grown up Sara if she’s the one who was riding the plate which she confirms. Did several months and years pass for her? Why can’t Reo remember what she was like graduating from kindergarten, during sports day or during the school entrance and graduation ceremony? Mabu imagines what she looked like growing up and collapses while muttering “dad” and “Sara”. He broke down.

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Sara’s starting to feel awkward so Reo apologizes to her and asks her to come inside. Then he commands Mabu to get inside as well. They’ll think about it all later.

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It’s a bit awkward again… Reo’s apologetic how they’ve really done it now that they can’t remember her growing up. He tells her that her dads are really sorry for it (HER DADS!!!!!). Sara says that she always wanted the three of them to be together, but that they can’t be together anymore. Mabu asks her where she’ll go to, but Sara replies that she can’t tell them. Then she thanks Reo-papa and Mabu-papa for everything up until now.

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I REPEAT, SHE THEN THANKS REO PAPA AND MABU PAPA FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!

Sara stands up and sprinkles something sparkly on Reo and Mabu. 

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After the daze the cops look at each other and proceed to ask Sara who she is. These expressions are killing me…

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Then suddenly this happens, Sara flies up or something and says goodbye.

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Next up Sara’s floating over a river. There are a couple of mysterious figures in the background.

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Reo comments on the man in glasses, isn’t that the person who visited them earlier in his pajamas? (Also, please note the crown and royal looking cape on the second figure, could it be Keppi who’s the self proclaimed ruler of the kappa kingdom?)

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Sara waves them goodbye and they wave her back. Then Sara and her company disappears in a cloud of glitter.

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On the next page we see Reo and Mabu suddenly wake up. A dream? Since when have they’ve been dreaming? Has everything that happened today been a dream? Or could they have been dreaming for even longer?

Then there’s a sound – it’s Sara who’s now lying awake between the two of them. Reo picks her up and sees that she has a runny nose. At first he’s scared she’s about to catch a cold, but then his expression changes. At least it wasn’t a dream that they got her. Mabu agrees and the manga ends with the image of the trio happy together!

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Look how cute that is!!!! The manga got a happy ending after all, even if this dream business is extremely suspect and will most likely be brought up in the anime again in a less innocent light.

As a bonus there’s still one last image of Reo and Mabu with a text from Misaki Saito thanking the readers. I love how intimate it is!

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And that was Reo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai, the spin-off manga to Kunihiko Ikuhara’s new original anime Sarazanmai. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! I’ve certainly loved getting the manga each month and writing these summaries for it, sharing it with others so that everyone else can fall in love with it too. I could definitely do something similar in the future as well with some other series.

Next you can look forward to an actual scanlation of Reo to Mabu that we are working on right now!!

Thank you for reading!

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What’s going on and how will Leo to Mabu continue?

I’m trying to guess and imagine what the next chapter will be like, but I see so many possibilities it’s difficult to follow one path to the end.

To begin with I’m super happy Sara’s there to say goodbye to Leo and Mabu. Actual goodbyes are so important. I’m also glad they’re not aggressively forced to part ways, at least not seemingly so.

However there still seems to be someone or something forcing Sara to leave. She might have some kappa-related responsibilities to attend to, assuming she is a kappa-like life form. Maybe she was never supposed to stay with them for any longer than this. I can see a lot of rules and restrictions involving the magic that made her a baby, made her grow up, made her human. Very typical fairy tale stuff of being able to do x thing for y amount of time when z conditions apply.

I wonder if she was an actual baby that needed care and time to grow up, if it’s something typical for her species(?) or if that just happened because she transformed into a human for the first time. I wonder if the whole thing was some sort of experiment, like how humans would react to her, or if it could’ve had something to do with helping her powers emerge and grow? Could it have been a punishment? Or was it something she wanted to experience?

Could she be half-human half-kappa? The kappa mythology includes kappa raping and even impregnating women, maybe someone gave birth to her and abandoned her on a plate on the street, not wanting to deal with her?

I hope that she’ll be able to explain some things to Leo and Mabu and that they’re able to have an actual talk instead of her disappearing right away so that the rest of the chapter will be Leo and Mabu trying to find any traces of her.

I’m not sure at what point she grew up and sneaked out of the kouban, since Leo and Mabu were standing in front of it the whole time, but I’m also not sure if it’s super relevant. There’s also the possibility that the person who appeared in front of them is not really Sara and that the baby’s still inside, but that’s probably not the case.

I wonder how Leo and Mabu will react to her leaving? I’m sure they’ll try to stop her, or maybe they don’t really get that it’s actually her until it’s too late? Will this goodbye give them any closure, or will it leave them devastated?

I wonder what their relationship will be like in the anime, since now we know they’re all still aware of each other, unless someone manipulates their memories or something happens and they forget and lose the memories they once had.

It’s also a bit weird how she has to leave them now, but she’s still present in the anime. Are they still able to meet? When she says she has to go, does she only mean she has to leave their sarakouban and their cozy homelife and not Asakusa in general? Or maybe she’s been gone and has only recently returned. She’s already wearing her idol gear though… How does time flow for her?

I hope we’ll get a heartfelt goodbye and maybe a promise that they’ll meet again. That would be the ideal good, warm, fluffy way to end the manga. The tagline for Rutile is “Boys’ Cute and Sweet Magazine” so it can’t be too sad and cruel. In addition manga’s supposed to stand on its own as well, the ending can’t leave too many loose threads hanging or too many questions unanswered, waiting for the anime to continue the story. At least since the manga’s been published first as a spin-off story, rather than an extra later on I’d say it should work like that, someone else might disagree though. While I think it would be kinda cool to end the manga with some huge mindfuckery never to be explained or expanded on in manga format, it seems like a bad move in general.

LEO TO MABU: FUTARI WA SARAZANMAI – CHAPTER 10

We’ve reached double digits with the Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai chapters. This time the new chapter can be found in Rutile Sweet, where it’s free for everyone to enjoy and cry over. Chapter ten is longer than usual and probably my favourite so far!

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Here’s the cover. It’s fairly basic, although the background is a bit interesting. What is that, some sort of filmstrip?

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The chapter begins with Leo, Mabu and Sara sleeping. Sara’s sound asleep, but Leo and Mabu are sleeping restlessly. Suddenly they both wake up exactly at the same time.

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Turns out they were both having unpleasant dreams that neither can remember anymore. Leo’s annoyed by it and Mabu wonders if they were having the same dream, but lets go of the thought as it’s not realistic. Leo however grabs on to it, claiming that since Sara seems to hold some mysterious power, they can’t call it impossible.

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In the next panel Leo’s standing outside the sarakouban, absentmindedly looking over the city when Mabu calls him back in. Mabu tells him that lunch is ready and scolds him for spacing out while at work.

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They’re having hiyashi chuka or cold ramen (chilled Chinese noodles).

Just as they’re about to dig in, Leo stops Mabu and questions his wardrobe choices as Mabu’s only wearing an apron. Again.

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Leo yells at Mabu how this is their workplace meaning he can’t show up naked wearing only an apron. Mabu protests that he’ll be done eating in 5 minutes, but Leo insists that even 5 minutes is too much and that he definitely should go change. Yare yare.

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Their bickering gets interrupted by a man who stops by the kouban. He’s wearing a pajamas and when Leo questions it he explains that he went to sleep at home, but woke up somewhere close to them. Seems like he was sleepwalking.

The man lives in the next ward over, is barefoot and doesn’t have any money on him. What a troubling situation! Thankfully Mabu’s back fully dressed and offers to borrow him some shoes and money for a train ticket. Mabu searches his wallet for small change and finds 125 yen. Since he went out shopping for food earlier he’s out of money! Leo has to pitch in as well! And he has… 30 yen.

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He doesn’t have any bills either, just those three 10 yen coins. When Mabu asks him about a deposit Leo smiles back awkwardly. Mabu can’t believe it, there are still five days until they’ll get their salary, how come Leo doesn’t have more than 30 yen!? Well since Mabu’s there with him Leo figured he’d be able to manage somehow…

Then it’s Leo’s turn to ask Mabu if he has a deposit at the bank to which Mabu has to admit that he doesn’t. Now Leo’s shocked and the sleepwalking man realises how silly these two cops he came to for help really are. He tries to leave, saying it’s fine for him to return back home by foot, but Mabu stops him. 

Then he brings out this:

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The poor sleepwalking man is starting to panic. They don’t have to break the piggy bank just for him! Mabu ensures him that it’s just small change that they’ve been saving to cover the cost of Sara’s milk, so it’s not something the man needs to worry about. He cracks it open and a good amount of coins gets revealed. The man gets enough for a train ticket, thanks them and promises to come back to repay them. Mabu also lends him his sandals.

The man thanks them for their help once again, while Leo and Mabu says it’s all fine and that they’re in no hurry to get repaid. Rather he should hurry home because he really stands out looking the way he is.

Leo comments on how you often hear stories of kids sleepwalking, but apparently it can happen to adults too.

Ater waving goodbye the cops turn back to the sarakouban where their by now soggy noodle lunch is waiting for them when another person appears and calls out to them.

It’s Sara. Grown up Sara whose design was revealed the day before this chapter was released.

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She calls them “dad”. Both Leo and Mabu are surprised. Sara thanks them for having taken care of her so far. But now Sara must return home. Leo and Mabu are shocked. 

Who is she?

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And the chapter ends there!

I can’t believe how well they timed this! I can’t believe she actually showed up! I can’t believe I have to wait for an entire month plus the time it takes for the manga to ship to me to find out what happens next!

Asakusa Sweets – 10

From the official Sarazanmai Twitter account:

Chapter 10 of Leo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai is published today in Rutile Sweet #39*! This month the presented Asakusa sweets is Ganso Kimura-ya ningyouyaki honpo‘s “Ningyouyaki”! There are 4 different kinds of Asakusa motifs on these handmade soft doll cakes. With sweet bean paste or without, both were moist, fluffy and delicious!

*corrected 38 to 39 as the tweet got it wrong

Thoughts on Reo to Mabu ending

Leo to Mabu ending doesn’t come as a huge surprise. I figured it would happen sooner rather than later because the manga is of a good length already. 

I’m sad it’s about to happen because it’s been a real pleasure to read it each month. I’ve completely fallen in love with Leo and Mabu and Sara’s such a cute baby! It’s been fun to get a glimpse of their everyday life. It’s also unfortunate that we still don’t really know much about any of them. I doubt that the last chapters will give us any real answers because that might take away from the mysteries of the anime, which is about to air soon!

I’m also kinda glad because now I don’t have to keep buying Rutile anymore XD It’s been fun and a cool new experience for me, but also what am I supposed to do with all these volumes? Where am I supposed to keep them??