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A Mocking Kiss, Chapter 1

Title: イタズラなKiss
English suggestions: A Mocking Kiss

Page 01-

TC:
A Joking Kiss

BR:
Tada Kaoru

Page 02-

TC:
No thanks.

Letter: Aihara Kotoko

Page 03-

TR:
[N-no way…!]

TC:
(Hey, look! It's Aihara from Class F…)
(I heard she confessed to Class A's Irie-kun this morning!)

TL:
(And he turned her down right flat!)

ML:
SFX: whisper whisper whisper

Page 04-

TR:
(Whoa! By THE Irie-kun?)
(Now that's what they call a lost cause!)

TL:
(Class A's Irie? For real?)
(Aiming a little high, don't you think?)

MC:
L-

BR:
Leave me alone!
(Oops, pissed her off.)

BC:
[You're all so mean!]
[Twist the knife in deeper, why don't you!]

BL:
Kotoko!
I heard you just bared your heart to Irie-kun!

Page 05-

TR:
What'd you go do something stupid like that for?

TC:
You knew he'd never say yes.
(Don't rub it in…)

TL:
And you gave him the love letter at the school gates? Could you have picked a more public place?

MR:
But, but if…

ML:
If by some chance he did like me, then...

BR:
Nah! You had no chance!
We're talking about THE Irie Naoki.
SFX: thwack!

BC:
He's only the top of Class A, which is already the smartest class in our grade.

BL:
That means he's the smartest student in the country, if our mock exams mean anything!
I hear he's got an IQ of 180!

Page 06-

MR:
[That's right… I'm in love with a genius.]

BC:
[Our classes are ordered by brains, and with me scraping the bottom of the barrel in Class F, I knew I was aiming too high.]

TC:
[I knew, but…]

BC:
[but, I really like him!]

TL:
[Two years ago in the spring…]

ML:
And now, a new student will address the graduating class.

BL:
[in the auditorium during our first assembly.]

Page 07-

TR:
Hey, I hear the guy giving the speech was XX Jr. High's wonder child, or something.
Their what?

TL:
Some kind of boy genius with an IQ of 200!
Whoa, you're kidding!
[Huh…]

MR:
[What kind of a guy is this 'wonder boy'?]

ML:
Representing the new students, I'm Irie Naoki.

Page 08-

TR:
[Oh my god! He's so cool!]

TL:
[And what a vocabulary! He's not even reading off his script! It's all by memory!]

MR:
[I think this whole high school thing is going to be fun!]

MC:
[I hope we can be in the same class next year…]

BC:
[I'm sure we'd be friends… and then maybe…]
[Just maybe…]

ML:
[What a joke that turned out to be!]

BL:
[There's no WAY we'd ever be in the same class while we're at this school!]

Page 09-

TR:
Well, duh! I mean, Class F isn't called the 'Leftover Class' for nothing.
But I tried hard all through 1st and 2nd year so that I can be in Class A for my last year of high school!

TC:
That's even harder than taking college exams!
SFX: Bwa hah hah!

MR:
I figured at this rate, I'd go my whole high school career without him knowing my feelings!

ML:
At the very least, I wanted to try!

BR:
[I stayed up all night writing my letter.]
[I checked it over and over… (especially for typos and missing words)]
SFX: ba-dump badump

BC:
[Th-there he is!]

Page 10-

TL:
U-um… Irie-kun?

MR:
Th-this!

ML:
W-would you read it?
(Dude!)
(Wow!)

BR:
No thanks.

BC:
SFX: crash!

BL:
Ahhh!!
SFX: depressed
Them's the breaks!

Page 11-

TR:
Guess Irie-kun's all looks and a bad personality, huh.

TC:
Totally! I mean, how can a high school guy not be interested in girls in the first place?

TL:
Yeah, there are way more normal guys out there in the world.
KOTOKO!!

MC:
'S it true that ya confessed to Irie from Class A and he dumped ya on the spot?!

TL:
Oh look. Kin-chan's arrived. (I could tell from the racket.)
Ya mean ya actually liked that friggin' bookworm?!

Page 12-

TR:
How could ya, when ya already got me! (Bit much?)

TC:
You know I'm not with you, right?

TL:
(Y-yer…) Yer such a cold woman…
(We've sat next to each other fer 2 years, now!)

MR:
But that jerk, Irie!! I'll never forgive'm for dumping you like that, Kotoko!
SFX: whack!

ML:
I'm taking this as a personal challenge and there's no way I'm backin' down!
Whoa, calm down, Kin-chan… (Kinda hotblooded, aren't you?)
Wonder kid, shmonder kid! Let me at'em!

BR:
That's enough.

Page 13-

TR:
It's just like what everyone said. I'm the one that stuck my neck out. I basically knew that he wouldn't accept.

ML:
So it's okay. I'll give up.

MR:
I mean, if he didn' even read your letter, he's just trash anyway!

ML:
I-I guess…

BR:
Back to your seats! The bell rang forever ago!

BC:
[That's right. I'm giving up.]

BL:
[Such a harsh guy isn't worth it…]

Page 14-

TR:
[But still…]

BR:
[I'd put all my hopes… on such a man.]

TC:
[My poor,]

Letter: To Irie Naoki

BC:
[unread letter…]

TL:
Hey, Kotoko, didn' yer family move house or somethin'?
Yes.

ML:
How about we all come over to celebrate your move!
That there's a great idea!

BL:
No way! You'll all laugh!
It's really old-school Japanese style.

Page 15-

TR:
Well, Kotoko's dad acts like he jumped straight out of the Edo period.
Yep, he's quite the stubborn old man.

TC:
I'd always longed for a Western style house, with lace curtains hanging in the bay window…
Don' worry! I'll build one fer us!

MR:
That's right, it's just you and your father at that house. Gonna be difficult for your husband to fit in with you two.
(Yeah…)

MC:
What!? Yer kidding!!

ML:
Well then, guess I'll just take yer name instead! (Tell yer dad I'll call him 'Pops'!)
(Just what have you been muttering to yourself this whole time?)
(Oh!)

Page 16-

TR:
[It's Irie-kun!!]

TL:
Hey! From this morning…

MC:
SFX: BADUMP

ML:
Let's get out of here.
SFX: spin
Huh? I-Irie?

BL:
[I knew it…]
What the heck is his beef?!

Page 17-

TR:
Hey you! Don't get so cocky jus' 'cause yer in Class A, punk!

TL:
Who d'ya think ya are, huh? Tossing Kotoko's letter aside like that! D'ya even have blood flowin' in those veins o'yers?!

TC:
K-Kin-chan!!

MR:
I

ML:
don't like stupid girls, thanks.

BR:
SFX: WHAM

BC:
(That's harsh…)
Let's go.

Page 18-

TC:
(What the heck?!)
(Why that little-!!)
(Treatin' us Class F kids like we're dogs!!)
(Kin-san! Should we take him out?)

TL:
[How…]
[How mean…]

MR:
[I can't believe it!]

BR:
[How could he say something like that?]

MC:
Irie's a jerk!
(Lemme go! Imma punch 'em!)

BC:
Now there's no way you'd go for a guy like that, right Kotoko?

ML:
[I can't believe… I spent 2 years pinning…]

BL:
[I'll never forgive him!]

Page 19-

TR:
Gotta love a new house!

TL:
Right, Kotoko?

MR:
I've put you through a lot, Kotoko.
But we've finally built a house for the two of us!
SFX: hic hic, wipe

ML:
My dear, dead wife, how do you like it?
I know. It's great, right?
SFX: ching

BR:
All houses should smell of cypress wood!
Right, Kotoko?
Y-yeah…
SFX: sniff sniff

BC:
Kinda creaky, though. Don't you think?
Bite your tongue! This house is built to last!
It'll be perfect for when you bring home a man to this house.

BL:
Wh-what are you talking about!? That's not gonna happen!
WHAT?!

Page 20-

TR:
Gonna leave your poor, old dad and move into someone else's house after you get married?! What a cruel, cruel daughter you are!

TC:
SFX: ding-dong
Oh, someone's at the door!

TL:
Who could it be at this hour?
(Hey! Listen to your old man, Kotoko!)

MR:
Hi, there! We're here for the housewarming party!
(Sup.)

MC:
What? You mean you all-

BC:
really came?!

ML:
Congrats on your new house, sir!
Hi, Jinko-chan! Satomi-chan! (As cute as ever, I see!)
(Have some cake!)

Page 21-

TR:
Have a glass to celebrate our new friendship!
Who are you?
Hey! What're ya doin'? Massage the man's shoulders!
(Yessir.)
(Kin-chan's bros)

TL:
M'name's Ikezawa Kinnosuke! 'm a classmate and good friend o' Kotoko's!
Please just call me 'Kin-chan' from now on, sir!

MR:
(What's with all the 'sir'-ing? What do we know each other or something?)
(Knock it off!)
(Come now…)

MC:
Kin-chan came all this way to make you feel better about today, you know.

ML:
That so?

BR:
Kin-chan's really stuck on Kotoko, huh?
What a guy, right? (His Osakan accent, though…)

BC:
Waaay better than that Irie… Oops!
SFX: roll roll roll

Page 22-

TR:
What's with your house? Why are the cans rolling?
(I didn't touch them.)
Huh?
SFX: roll roll roll

TC:
Think our house is sinking?

TL:
Yeah, right!
(Ha ha ha!) (Ha ha ha!)

MC:
SFX: TILT

BR:
An earthquake?!
SFX: wobble tilt

BC:
Don't worry! This house is built like a rock! (Dah hah hah!)

BL:
Isn't this a little strong?
Oh crap!
(Eek! Help meee!!)
(Guys from Osaka can' handle earthquakes!!)

Page 23-

TR:
We should go to the emergency shelter!
What are you talking about?! This is practically the safest place in Japan!!

TC:
Kotoko! We gotta get outta here!!

TL:
Hold it!
We're safest in here!

MR:
(EEK!)
(GAAH!)

MC:
SFX: CRACK!!

BC:
Huh?

Page 24-

TC:
Demolished

BR:
Th-the house is destroyed…

BC:
How the heck?!
M-must have been the biggest quake the Kantou area's seen since...

BL:
[What?]
[Silence from the other houses]
(Whoa!)
(This is terrible!)
(Aihara-san's house has fallen!)
(Call 119!)
SFX: ruckus ruckus

Page 25-

TR:
SFX: crunch, whoa, crunch, Holy-

TC:
(They just moved in, right?)

TL:
[Just our house??]

MR:
It's time for the 7 o'clock news.
Yesterday, the 16th at 7:10pm, the Kantou area experienced an earthquake.
It was a size 2 at the center in Tokyo and a 1 in the surrounding areas.

ML:
The only casualty was the house of one, Aihara Shigeo in the Suginami ward.

BR:
(It's Aihara from Class F!)
(It was her house!)
(Did you see the news?)
(It was in the paper, too!)

BL:
(Poor girl, and just after she was rejected by Irie-kun!)
(Total bummer!)
(That's some bad luck there.)
SFX: whisper whisper whisper

EDITED FROM THIS PAGE DOWN!
Page 26-

TR:
New rumors every day, huh?
I'm so sorry for yesterday… (I want to climb into a hole and die.)

TC:
My dad was fuming at the hotel last night. Kept threatening to storm the construction company.

TL:
That's rough.

MR:
Know where you're staying for the time-being?
(Look! That's her!)
I don't know the particulars, but I guess we're staying with some friends of my dad?

MC:
It'll take another 2 or 3 months to rebuild.

ML:
Just when I thought we were done…

MR:
Is that Kin-chan?
What's he doing at the school gates?

ML:
(Hey, y'all!)

BR:
We're collectin' donations for the victim of last night's earthquake, Aihara Kotoko-chan!

BL:
Her house was destroyed, so please contribute!

Signs: Collections
Donate to poor, little Aihara-san!
Collections

BL:
(Give us your money!!)
(C-calm down, Kotoko!)

Page 27-

TR:
S-stop it, Kin-chan! It's really embarrassing!

TC:
(God! They've even posted the newspaper!)

TL:
It's the girl herself! Comin' to school even after last night's tragedy! Doesn't it just make ya wanna cry?

MR:
I said stop, you meanie!
SFX: jingle jangle

ML:
What're you talkin' about! I'm doin' it for you! (Look at what we've collected so far!)
(Huh?)

Page 28-

TR:
[Irie-kun!!]

TC:
Mind letting me through?

MR:
Kotoko is havin' a terrible time right now! And just whose fault d'ya think it is?

MC:
A size 2 earthquake?

ML:
SFX: hmph!
Th-that's not what I was talkin' about!

BR:
This all started when ya heartlessly rejected poor Kotoko! It started the avalanche of crappy luck she's had to deal with!

BC:
Are you implying I started the quake?
Exactly!!

BL:
Fine.

Page 29-

TR:
I'll donate, okay? Happy?

TC:
SFX: fume!

TL:
Don-
Don't you patronize me!
SFX: slap!

Page 30-

TR:
I can't believe that I wasted 2 years pining after
a horrible person like you!

BC:
I wouldn't accept your pity if it killed me!

TL:
Huh…
You really want to say that?

BL:
Of-of course!
I'll never rely on you for anything!
(What's going on?)
(Oh, it's those two again.)
(This time they're fighting.)

Page 31-

D-don't treat me like an idiot just because I'm not smart!
SFX: snort

MR:
Can't understand these genius types, ya know?
(But that was a good comeback, Kotoko.)

BR:
Got your things together, Kotoko?

BL:
Yeah, I was able to salvage a lot from the wreckage.

Page 32-

TR:
To think that the house's support beams needed their own support…

TC:
It's because you bought cheap building materials.
Shush!

TL:
So where are we going exactly?
My friend lives in the next town over.

MR:
My friend and have known each other since Jr. High.

ML:
But, he was smart as a whip.

BR:
I stopped after technical school, Iri-chan went all the way to Tokyo U.
Iri-chan?
It was his old nickname.

BC:
We met up again just the other day, actually. I invited him to my new house and he said I should definitely visit his, too.
Wow, that was kind of him!
Yeah, Iri-chan's a great guy.

Page 33-

TR:
He had the most fun talking about you, actually!
Huh?

TC:
Ah! That's it! Driver, stop here.

MR:
Well, it seems that Iri-chan's son…

Sign: Irie

ML:
is the same age as you,
and this is the kicker…

BR:
He goes to your school!
And the kid's fine with us staying at their place, too!
Isn't that great? You'll have a friend already!
[It-]
[It couldn't be…]

MC:
I-ri-e

BL:
SFX: ding-dong

Page 34-

TR:
Never the less, men are dogs, so even if we're in no position to complain, if he makes one move on you I'll--

TL:
My friend!
Is that you??

MR:
Ai-chan!

ML:
Iri-chan!

BR:
Welcome! Welcome! My house is yours, old friend!
Thanks, Iri-chan!

BC:
Oh, this must be Kotoko-chan!
Oh good! She takes after your beautiful wife!
SFX: urk!
You're too kind...

BL:
Err… about your son…?
Oh yes! He tells me that you both attend the same school!

Page 35-

TR:
[H-he… doesn't look anything like Irie-kun. Maybe this is all a big…]

TL:
Hey, Nao! Nao!
Aihara-san is here!

MC:
'N-Nao?'

BC:
Say hello to our guests.

ML:
Well, what have we here!

Page 36-

TR:
[N-no way!!]

BR:
[Irie Naoki]

TC:
This is my eldest, Naoki.

BC:
My pleasure.

TL:
What a strapping young boy you've got, Iri-chan!
Takes after your wife, quite handsome!
SFX: urk!

Page 37-

TR:
[What do I do?]

TL:
[Why his house of all places!?]

MC:
[This is too much…]

BC:
So you're Kotoko-chan!

Page 38-

TR:
My, oh my!

TC:
My, my how CUTE you are! I'm thrilled!

TL:
Thank you ma'am, for taking us in.
I'm so sorry about your house, Aihara-san!

MR:
[I knew it. She's beautiful!]

ML:
I hear you're in a different class than Oniichan*? Have you met before?
[*Note: Irie's mother calls him "Oniichan," meaning "older brother," much in the same way that housewives would call their husbands "Father" as a familiar replacement for their proper name.]

BR:
Well, our classrooms are pretty far apart, but we met recently.

BL:
Right, Kotoko-san?

Page 39-

TR:
Well that's good!

TL:
Things are going to be such fun around here!
You and I can go shopping together and bake cakes together…

MR:
[Hm?]
[Someone's… staring…]

BR:
Oh! There you are Yuuki!
This is Kotoko-oneechan, so say hello.

Page 40-

TR:
[Th-they're identical!]

TL:
[He looks like a mini Irie-kun!]
Come now, say hello!

MR:
Nice to meet you.

MC:
I'm Irie Yuuki. I'm currently in 3rd grade.

ML:
He looks like smart, am I right?
Nice to meet you, too, Yuuki-kun!
SFX: silence
(Eh?)

BR:
Kotoko-oneesan, I'm doing my homework at the moment.

BC:
Could you teach me the reading of this kanji character?
(Huh?)

BL:
[I… should be fine if it's just 3rd grade…]
Sure thing!

Page 41-

TL:
[Wha-what's this one?]
[This is 3rd grade level?]

MR:
I- I think it's…
'nabeyooshee'...
… maybe?

BC:
Are you an idiot?
Book: Kanji Memo

ML:
It's pronounced 'katatsumuri.' (*meaning: 'snail')
Even a child could read this and you're, what? 17?

Page 42-

TR:
Yuuki! Watch what you say!

TL:
Apologize to Oneechan!

MR:
I hate you!
SFX: shoom!

BR:
How could you!?
Yuuki!!

Page 43-

TR:
[Even in that way they're similar…]
(I'm so sorry. The boy is such a handful!)

TL:
(I-It's fine…)
[Now I've been rejected by both brothers…]
SFX: snort!

MR:
Come this way, Kotoko! I'll show you to your room!
SFX: wobble
(Ok…)

MC:
I went all out!

ML:
Here it is!

BR:
(Tee hee hee!)
Well?

Page 44-

TR:
Do you like it?
Y-yes. It's very… cute. (A little… too cute, maybe…)

TL:
I'd wanted a little girl so much!
I always loved those floofy, pink rooms stuffed full of toys and dolls!

ML:
This room
used to be Yuuki's, just so you know.

BR:
What?

BL:
Thanks to you we had to move him and his school stuff into my room. which is not spacious, let me tell you.
Hush now! There's no need to make her feel guilty!
Don't mind him, Kotoko-chan!
(Behave!)

Page 45-

Oniichan, help Kotoko-chan with her things.
I'll start dinner downstairs!

BR:
Well then, how can I be of service?

BC:
I'm fine!
I can do this myself!

BL:
Ah, that's right. You weren't going to rely on me for anything, wasn't that right?

Page 46-

MR:
I don't particularly care if you're here or not.

TL:
Just don't interfere in my life, Ok?

Page 47-

TL:
SFX: pbbt!

MC:
SFX: SLAM!
[I may have gotten more than I bargained for in coming here…]

END CHAPTER 1

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