Thank you, A Pierrot's Aria
Wow, this is exciting chapter...in a way. Warning!! Quick Spoiler-Chapter-Summary ahead!!
This chapter got some exciting "race" scene,
XD That's like equivalent of having "fighting" scene for shounen manga
, I guess. XD But, instead of fight scenes
, we see horse race
in this chapter. XDD Yes, Hachiken's "date" was "going to the horse race track"
. Because, a horse from
Mikage's family farm is in the race
. And, Mikage also invited Ichirou Komaba
. (awww, disappointing
Hachiken. xd) And they run into Nakajima sensei
who showed them very different side of him
(Also, is that Tamako
there???) Turned out this is not an ordinary horse race
, but "farm horse" race
in which horses also pull tons of load behind them
, and the race is carried out with the speed of humans walking.
And, not only that, there are two hills on the course.
Mikage's horse almost won
, but unlike regular horse race in which the race is decided when any part of the horse touches the goal line, this horse race is decided when the horse finishes pulling the whole load past the goal line
, and Mikage's horse stopped with its nose at the goal line, and ended up as the 3rd place. Nakajima sensei betted
all his money on Mikage's horse, Mikagehomare (pride of Mikage)
and lost ... awww..
. (And again, is that Tamako who is stuffing her face at the food stand? XD)
After the race
, Mikage, Komaba, and Hachiken
go to the food court at the race track and chat.
Mikage is happy because Mikagehomare finished as 3rd place
, and that means it can avoid being butchered
another awhile. Ichirou
tells Hachiken the reality of being farm animals
, that when they can't produce favorable "results" they are butchered and eaten.
That was the case for the smoked chicken
Hachiken ate, that the whole flock gets killed off when their egg productions
go down. Meantime, Hachiken can't get over the fact
that Mikagehomare "almost" won
but missed being number One
, saying that he doesn't like it that its efforts
didn't get rewarded
catches that, and asks Hachiken what happened before he entered Dai-Ezo Ag high school,
and why Hachiken came to the agricultural high school.
...and that's the end of this chapter! The side caption says in the next chapter we'll learn Hachiken's past
They will skip a week again, and the next chapter will come out on May 25, 2011.
...and that's the quick spoiler summary. I skipped a few details, like when Ichirou
explains about this horse race
which is kind of unique to Hokkaido.
I may come back and fill them in later.