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This post contains heavy spoilers
and hatred for the main male character!!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Sumarin Kanojo-tachi (スマ倫な彼女たち // Fling Girls) is a manga series written by Ryuji Okita (Okita Ryuji // 沖田龍児) in the year 2014 and is still ongoing, now being at chapter 70 when I published this. The series is a drama, romance(?), mature genre which surrounds a married man and his romantic/sexual affairs with a large number of women… and how lucky he is with getting away with things!
To be honest, my friend, Passion, introduced me to this series. She was curious because she saw the chapter updates of this series pretty often on MangaPark, but she only managed to go through reading the first three chapters. My other friend, this one’s Majo, also read only three chapters before she decided that the story was too much for her.
Pretty much like eating some shitty pizza, she said.
Well, despite what my friends said, I read the entire lot. The story itself is… umm… It’s really… hmm… there’s no other word to put it, so let’s move on since it’s coming to you spring rolls soon anyways.
By the way, I just read this to find out how he suffers and dies.
Beware of the long string of curse words
The story starts off with him trying to commit a suicide. Oh yeah, I’m not kidding. He was like “It’s a nice day, and the train is crowded, there’s also a family outing… I’m going to kill myself!“, pretty much, and jumped right in front of an incoming train.
I was pretty shocked myself, like, what the hell is going on here!?
But the story was in a sequence like, instead of the normal A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H…, it’s along the lines of G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G(again), H… and so on. Typical for a pack of punch? But the punch to this series may not be for everyone seeing that a lot of the people of the internet… well, they pretty much hate this series.
So the main character is Satoru Hasegawa (AKA scumbag of the century), an average-looking 27 year old real estate agent with a pushover attitude. He has been married to Aya for five years and they have a daughter named Yuka, who is three years old in the story. He and Aya started dating in their university days, and got married. Before Aya, Satoru had zero girlfriends. NADA. Now, years later, he suddenly becomes attractive to all kinds of women.
Officially it starts on a normal Christmas Eve, one year before he decided to commit suicide. Aya and Yuka were on the phone with the father, asking him to hurry home that night (it was an afternoon when they were on the phone).
It all seems relatively normal, but he was actually with his mistress numero uno: Sayaka, a twenty year old hostess.
And then they exchanged gifts! He exchanged gifts with this woman before exchanging gifts with his family! What kind of man is that? Anyways, after that, he and Sayaka parted ways and he drove back to his house and took a bus to his workplace. He was self-criticizing himself, calling himself a scumbag and that he needed to stop his relationship with Sayaka.
There we get to meet his second affair: Eri Kimihara. His thirty two year old boss.
She really loves to threaten/tease the wretched bastard. Well, some of her threats were borderline outrageous. And of course, Aya knew nothing about the other affairs. But of course, Sayaka and Eri knew that Satoru was married and with a child.
Once his job ended, he was about to go home when he meets his long lost high-school classmate and HIS OLD-NOW-RENEWED-CRUSH, Mina Shinjou. They reacquainted with each other and he was, like, she’s the only one that I have ever loved! sort of thing. I mean, dude, come on. You have a wife cooking dinner for you and you guys got busy and had Yuka!
Ugh, anyways, she – Mina – came into the story as a customer looking for an apartment, and mind you, the business was already closed for the day but of course he had to be this horn dog and keep it open just for her.
Until she filled out a survey form, he wasn’t sure it was her. So – following business procedures – he made her fill out a survey and, of course, includes her name. Once she filled it out, he recognized the name immediately.
Anyways, he lied to her saying that he was free to show her the open apartment that she wants to see right at that very second or she would change her mind (wait, what happened to Aya, you asshole?) and also he said that he was very much SINGLE.
And so he started an affair with Mina, too. Well, at least not as seriously as the other two. It was more like a crush and stuff. Mina had the upper-hand. She found out, while she was following Satoru back to his house (Uh, creepy?), that he was not only married, but he was also having an affair with two other women! She was so shocked, I laughed.
And then on Christmas, when one’s supposed to spend the day with only their families, he made arrangements with Eri and Mina at the same place. Why? Eri was threatening to expose his relationship with her to Aya if he did not BUT Mina was just someone he would not refuse no matter how desperate or how dire the situation was. But still
As dumb as he could get, he articulated the dumbest plan in human history, by taking his wife and daughter out in the morning, and while they were in the movies, he would be hanging out with Eri and meet up with Mina along the lines.
Of course nothing this dumb would work. Mina was there earlier than expected, although he didn’t know, and Eri moved up their meeting time a few hours early. He juggled their meetings horribly. Eri and Aya came face to face with one another… but the secret wasn’t out on them.
Of course, Sayaka pops up later to surprise the guy and ALMOST ruined the whole marriage… too bad it didn’t work. Aya was a bit… well, optimistic about things. Maybe a bit too optimistic. Once, she saw a picture of her husband and Sayaka on the screen of the department store on that Christmas, looking obviously happy and flirty together. His name was even decorated on it! BUT SHE IGNORED IT.
SHE’S IN TOTAL DENIAL!!!
But after that, Sayaka called him, and she was screaming through the phone and the only thing that Satoru was worried about was the phone call and not his daughter’s well being. So Yuka got hurt and he didn’t give two shits about it. Aya got angry and ran with Yuka to her parents… Not really sure what she was angry about there because when she came back, she was totally chill about it.
Then there was a skiing trip where he was supposed to spend with his family, but ended up spending with Mina! They even almost had sex! Like, OH MY GOD. And then, of course because Aya is such a good person, came after wards and came face to face with Mina.
But he managed to not lose the both of them as Mina covered for him… Why? Why would you do that!?
Anyways, there were a bunch of close calls… A WHOLE LOAD OF THEM. For example, Aya peeking through a crack between the wooden partitions in the changing rooms where Eri and Satoru were making out in. When Satoru was about to confess via phone call (because he was threatened by Eri) but HER BATTERY DIED. Another time when Sayaka invaded Satoru‘s house (with Satoru inside) and Aya came running back in, forgetting something. SHE COULD HAVE CAUGHT THEM, CUDDLING (in fear of being discovered) IN THE BATHTUB (behind the curtain). Another time is when Mina was moving into her new apartment, which is visible from Satoru‘s apartment, and Mina‘s neighbour – who’s child is Yuka‘s friend, ergo, accquaintanted with Aya – found out about the affair and tried to prove it to Aya, who turns a blind eye to everything and claims that she trusts her husband.
Of course, if she did, then it wouldn’t be a year right? (I did tell y’all in the intro that it started with the ending of some sorts? Not too sure if it is the ending)
But anyone who heard so much about their partner having an affair… why don’t they get curious? I would. I would get hella curious. Well, I am not saying that Aya wasn’t the least bit curious. She was, really, but she trusted her husband, believing that her husband was still this good man that she knew back in their days in college.
And then, yes, Mina invited Satoru up to her apartment. And then Eri came in, and Sayaka jumped out of Mina‘s wardrobe. EVERYONE OF HIS AFFAIRS IS GATHERED! Of course, Eri and Sayaka, who knew nothing about each other, were shocked… but not as shocked as Satoru.
And then Mina gave him the ultimatum: pick only of the women he was involved with. Sayaka and Eri were cut from this competition first (respectively), and he was really shaken about their departure… as they were cursing at him, calling him trash. (I was cheering!)
When it was down to Mina, and he was ready to pick her because he was in love with her, she wanted the both of them to commit a double suicide. He chickened out when Mina was about to stab him with a kitchen knife and ultimately picked Aya.
Hurt by the rejection, Mina asked him to promise her to never cheat on his wife again, before taking her own life when he left her apartment. (Cries…)
BUT OF COURSE
Months rolled by, and Satoru was in charge of looking after a piece of property which was being used for filming a cooking show by a celebrity by the name of Aki Moriyama. She was openly trying to court him through cooking him food. And she knew that he has a wife.
He tried to resist to keep the promise he made with Mina, but of course, he was forced to eat her cooking once and he was like “Why did I ever even think of eating Aya‘s cooking!?“… ugh! Aki comes across as this kind person, but her assistant called her a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the ultimate bitch of the century. Of course, being swooned and under another spell of a pretty woman, Satoru believed nothing of what the assistant had told him.
And then there was the party for the release of her book, and of course there’s the after party drinking session. Aki got real drunk and Satoru offered to , they were caught embracing each other in public by the paparazzi. Before the picture was released to the public, Aki confronted Satoru and succeeded convincing him to have sex with her.
Then Aki help a press conference the day Satoru took Yuka out for the day to play. Aya was at home watching the television and of course she watched the announcement. Aya was enraged – who wouldn’t be – when Aki came out and spoke about her sexual relations with Satoru and that she believes that both she and Satoru believes in polyamory.
Aya was super angry (thank goodness) and left him, bags packed and everything.
He was in utter shocked and despair as his wife and daughter left him. I am guessing he was just sad that she now knew about the affair. He, the sad excuse for a human being – even he was fictional – went after Aya and Yuka, cutting ties with Aki right there in the parking lot as they were swarmed by the news reporters.
I am sure that most people would find this series disgusting, it certainly struck a huge chord in me. It was a harsh wake-up call to how close it is to my situation. But unlike in reality, the sodden fellow may actually love his family. Well, not a lot, but it’s there. Or the reason he kept on running back to his family is because he was afraid of how the public would see him… We would never know.
Men like this should just… die a long painful death. I don’t know what other word is there. But to do something like this, being all greedy and… yeah. The fact that I see him jumping into an incoming train again after reading all 70 chapters, makes me wish he survived that death and die a more long, suffering one.
Well, hell, I sound evil.
But I also hate the fact that Aya ignored every obvious thing that was right there under her nose. I mean, come on, girl! The guy doesn’t even look the slightest bit trustworthy! But I am glad that she finally smelt the coffee. I just hope that she doesn’t give him another shot. She’d be insane to do it.
I rate this series… It’s kind of difficult, I hate it, but I wanted to see him suffer so a 4/10. The story was relatively good even if I want to punch Satoru a thousand times in the neck, the art not so much.
Thanks for reading my rantings, spring rolls!
P.S. I might do a part two 😉