Turns out Nagai, Nakano, and Shimomura have the same taste for shows. Children’s cartoons.
Ogura wonders if it is a coincidence or an intrinsic characteristic in ajin, something to do with peace of mind, maybe. He tries to remember if at some point the theme of cartoons had come out in his ajin group in USA but comes empty minded.
They noticed after Nagai suddenly changed channel, just after finishing watching the news about Sato, when he looked like he had a sudden realisation. He put a cartoon for children aged 7 and instantly nakano shouted “I love that program”
Tosaki threw an accusatory look at Shimomura after she wholeheartedly agreed. “Nagai, stop wasting time”
“It’s a new episode and its 15 minutes long” Tosaki keep complaining but the ajin ignored him. The rest of the team had already left so it was no case. Only Ogura observed within a distance. ‘Ajin, such interesting creatures’
“I think Ryou and his friend Ryuu are cute couple” The couple of highchoolers where in camera as shimomura expressed herself.
“Ahh, Shimomura-san” kou’s shout made Nagai turn up the volume “do you like those things?”
“They’re pretty obvious to me too, now, stop shouting” Kei was getting mad at him.
“It’s that another of those things am way too slow to get-”
Even Ogura replied with weak “mhmm”.
Tosaki thinks it doesn’t make sense. Apparently it does. Ajin like sour things. Kai said offhandedly that kei has a like for citric, preferring grapefruit while he himself likes orange more.
‘Who even likes oranges?’
Nakano says he doesn’t believe anyone would prefer oranges over grapefruit. The best fruit in existence.
‘Why are they even sat at his table during breakfast?’
Shimomura seats alongside him having just wringed her trail. And in the middle of the table sets a plate full of grapefruit.
Kou eyes shine, his crush on her way too obvious to Tosaki’s liking.
She says it’s her favourite.
Kai knows Ajin aren’t fully human, he still believes there some humanity within thought.
He’s show by the universe how right he is after they find a kitten. Probably 4 or 5 days old says Kei, while cradling it gently against his chest. His expression is guarded but he blushes at Kai’s insistent gaze.
They recover it from the bushes they fell in after, playing. A pair of hours later the mother is hear wailing for the baby. While searching for her they find a crying Nakano. He found 5 –sadly- death kittens, he heard the mother cries and followed the sound. Kai notices kei’s sad expression before he planes his face and pushes past them, towards the mother.
It takes 15 minutes and the fat calico is found by no other that Shimomura, she’s got the cat in her hands and the little mother is waggling trying to run off. She calms only after kei let’s her smell the kitten.
Kou explains animatedly about the kittens, she probably was trying to move the only healthy one to a safer place.
They name her Meronpan and the kitten kukki.
Yes, Kai knows there’s humanity within.
“Turns out ajin have homosexual tendencies too” Ogura says it in a monotone voice but by his face is obvious he’s teasing.
Kei blushes, this is Nakano’s fault.
Kou had been showering and all the while functioning correctly like the adult he is, but then in the corner of the shower stall. The horror. A cockroach. Now he’s not afraid of insects and he understands that the building they’ve been living in is old, and not been taking care of. But the thing stars flying towards his general direction and he’s naked. Going against common sense, he runs away from it and towards the common area.
In his run he clashes to an unexpected kaito. The fall is all but pretty, gathering the gaze of everyone –who had reunited for the plan of their morning activities- and the soft swearing of some, Kaito quickly gets up and lends Kou a hand, helping him get up. He sizes him up and casually says “oh, like kei”. Ogura Chuckles.
Kou stammers. ’What?’
“Are all ajin free of it?” His face is devoid of malice and Kou still doesn’t know what he means.
‘What is he talking about?’ “…free of, it?”
Kai makes a subtle glance towards his noble parts.
“Oh” Kou knows he’s blushing. It’s the first time he blushes for a boy. And its kei’s friend -boyfriend?-, this is so wrong. Wait. “How do you know kei’s hairless down there?” it comes out louder that he wanted, as it normally does.
“What the fuck” Hirasawa rarely swears, and Kou is hit with the sudden realization that he is naked in the middle of the room, and that everyone has already saw him. Kei is hiding his face, surely thinking of painful ways to murder him.
He points an accusatory finger to kaito, “He asked first”.
“Go put some clothes, boy”
After getting some clothes and his shame, he comes out to get breakfast, promptly being told Tosaki forbid him from it as a punishment for being an idiot. He goes to train alongside the rest ajin. Shimomura sports a serious face and she looks so red, she may as well get sick.
Ogura stars talking, something about unusual body anatomy. He’s trying to drown the genius voice and call his IBM. Just once please.
“Turns out ajin have homosexual tendencies too” Ogura says it in a monotone voice but by his face is obvious he’s teasing. Kou thinks about kaito and how nice he is, is he developing a crush? He turns to kei meaning to ask if he is dating kaito. And Nagai’s IBM slices through his skin.
“Why is he naked on top of Kai?” it says.
Albright, maybe ajin are a little gay.
Hirasawa knows ajin are different, but living with them, even for a short period of time blurs what different means in his mind. He knows they can’t die, he learned one or two things –unwillingly- about their bodies. But lately, seeing Nagai interact with his “friend”, it puts in perspective yet again how different they are. Especially in courtship, Nakano was an obvious example, getting flustered and over protective of Shimomura, in Nagai the ways are alike but subtle due to his innate calm personality.
Whereas Nakano tries to loudly protect her dying on her place during practice even though she can’t die, Nagai does without drawing attention. Casually moving him away from the fire range, putting some oranges on his plate. Not taking his IBM out close. Most humans would never go to those extends. Humans do have the sense to protect, but still it is subdued by their self-preservation.
Except for Kaito-kun, that boy doesn’t have an ounce of self-preservation. It wouldn’t be surprising if he’s also an ajin.