Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155 (The Hermit)

Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155
Tonikaku Kawaii Fly Me to the Moon 155
トニカクカワイイ 155

Spoiler Summary/Synopsis:

Tsukasa continues to inform Nasa about her past, now in 1969 America. When the Americans land men on the moon, Tsukasa was very excited. She was sure this would trigger a response from Kaguya. However, nothing happened and in 1975, the Apollo program ended. The reality that Kaguya might not even be on the moon depressed Tsukasa greatly.

As such, Tsukasa returned to Japan to live alone in the country again. Tokiko shows up with watermelon and is angry that Tsukasa has become depressed. After all, Tokiko hasn’t given up on Tsukasa’s dream.

In the present, Tsukasa confesses that while she was always grateful for Tokiko’s efforts, she also felt guilty for dragging Tokiko into this.

Back in the more recent past, an elderly Tokiko pays the reclusive Tsukasa a visit in her country home, bringing the latest Jump manga releases. Tsukasa is upset that Tokiko didn’t get the weekly manga magazine. In the present, Nasa asks about the time skip. Tsukasa explains that from 1975 until present, the entertainment industry grew so fast, life as a shut-in became much easier.

Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155

Tokiko bought the land around Tsukasa’s home top help preserve her secret. However, one day, they got an unexpected visitor.

Thoughts/Review:

I really am enjoying reading about Tsukasa’s past. And Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155 contains even more good backstory material.

Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155

Tsukasa’s Depression

It really isn’t surprising that Tsukasa became depressed after the Apollo program ended. In 1969, when the Americans landed men on the moon, Tsukasa was sure Kaguya would respond. By 1975, the Apollo program was over, and no Kaguya. So after letting her hopes get raised, Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155 makes it understandable why she’d then be depressed.

That said, it does beg the question of where Kaguya and her people were at. The Kaguya on Earth now is apparently the same Kaguya from history. And Kaguya has stated she heard the cries of whom we presume is Tsukasa. Hopefully, Hata-sensei will explain this as well. Thus far, he’s been handling this quite well and hasn’t been worried about putting the story on the shelf for a few months of comedy.

Tsukasa the Hermit

I will say, it is humorous to me how Tsukasa dealt with her depression. She became a hermit, living in secret in the countryside. However, with the advent of anime, manga, and better entertainment in general, Tsukasa could lose herself in the worlds of fiction.

As I reread Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155, I began to wonder if maybe Tsukasa’s snapping at Tokiko was also a self-defense mechanism. I should go back and reread all the chapters to verify a theory in my mind. (I hate Viz for trashing the official adaptations.) But I suspect that Tsukasa getting short with Tokiko is due to her knowing Tokiko will soon die. With Tokiko’s death, Tsukasa would “travel” alone again, and I’m sure that’s a thought she didn’t relish.

Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

In the end, Tonikaku Cawaii Chapter 155 was another touching chapter, continuing to expand on Tsukasa’s life. I’m really glad Hata-sensei hasn’t felt the need to rush back to the gag chapters and avoid this poignant stuff for months on end.

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