Every three years or so, we receive some morsel of information regarding the biggest plot of the series and the driving motivation of its titular character.
And every single time, it leaves me wanting for more as it become increasingly clear that whatever happened in the past is more complicated than, “Teru is definitely still angry at me” – Saki’s stated reason [circa chapter 4].
*MANGA SPOILERS BELOW THIS*
Saki, really at times, you are such a freaking unreliable narrator. lol
…Although, I’m not taking the possibility that Saki’s initial statement might be true “in a certain point of view” . I mean even as I accuse Saki of being an unreliable narrator, I know that Saki really doesn’t lie. Saki just have the most convoluted logic ever and have a habit of omitting information if she doesn’t like the topic.^^
Still, at least, we would finally have some clue about that statement since Saki and Teru after spending sometime avoiding each other will finally meet for the first time in-series!
…. In December …. as Ritz take two months hiatus!
Yes. I know.
Still, at least the latest chapter is juicy enough and have dropped several bombshells regarding the situation.
- Its the Miyanaga family house that caught fire and “no one was hurt”. Grandma Arctander decided to pay a visit the night after the fire.
There has been some speculation on what exactly burned when Saki’s flashback was shown. Whether it was the hospital or whether it was their house? Whether
Goldfish Mysterious girl seen in Saki dream sequence died in said fire or not?
And now we know the answer.
(Unless, there is mass hypnosis involved and the Grandma didn’t remember the event right which at this point might actually happen ^^ ).
“No one was hurt”, meant that the mysterious girl didn’t die in said fire.
I once postulated in this post (though some info on that post is outdated) that its very unlikely that mysterious girl is the cause of the sister’s estrangement since it seems that she left before said estrangement happened.
And while I’m not eliminating the possibility of mysterious girl’s death, with the revelation of foreign blood in their family, I think we’ll more likely to meet her in the incoming World championship (if Ritz ever gets there) since mysterious girl more than likely went/returned abroad to cure whatever sickness she has.
Also, there is an increased chance that the fire is no accident. Simply because of the timing of the visit of Grandma Arctander.
Grandma visited on the evening before the fire happened which is quite a coincidence. Furthermore, only Kai and Saki moved at the house at the other side of the elementary school which meant that Ai-chan and Teru went somewhere else. (Probably Tokyo?)
Which meant the pseudo-divorce happened exactly after the fire.
Considering that Ai-chan either disguised herself or is currently missing after said incident.
….Something is rotten at the state of Norway.
Speaking of that:
- We finally have the names of the whole family (except the extended family which surprise surprise are also looking to be very important.).
Saki’s dad is called Kai Miyanaga. Miyanaga’s maiden name is Ai Arctander. More interestingly for our resident conspiracy theorists, there is once a prominent pro player with similar name called Ai Arctandar.
And the chapter itself confirmed that they are both the same person.
The problem for our dear intrepid reporter and us readers though: Teru’s current mother’s appearance doesn’t match “Ai Arctander”.
Which is really really fishy.
Either Ai Arctander is somehow disguising herself which would beg the question of why the need for such disguise or drastic change of appearance. Could Ai-chan be hiding from someone or something? Is that the real reason for the pseudo-divorce?
We know from Shinohayu that there is some bad things connected to mahjong considering what happened with Shino’s mom.
The other possibility is the current Mrs. Miyanaga is a fake and Ai-chan is missing or somewhere else.
Which also opens a ridiculous can of worms.
Because while Saki might not know that someone is pretending to be Mrs. Miyanaga considering Saki avoids electronics and she seemed to have lost contact with that side of the family, except for that one visit to Teru.
Teru would definitely know about said deception. So for that to work, Teru has to be party to the deception.
Somehow that innocuous information from Ritz blog is now very relevant.
Everyone at Shiraitodai has their own rooms, and are free to return to their homes whenever they like.
Could Teru have chosen to enroll in Shiraitodai because of said policy? To get away from home even? Is Teru even actually angry at Saki or is she driving Saki away because its for her own “good”? What is up with the Arctander side of the family?
… Seriously, how many skeletons does this family even have?! With the ways things are going an actual reconciliation might actually make the family’s situation worse!