Chiaki is a lot of things. He knows how to be a lot of things. He’s a complex character, and it takes a while to unpack all the aspects of his personality. At the office, he’s a suave gentleman with a sweet face and a kind smile. An excellent worker, everyone expects great things from him. However, catch him at the wrong moment and you might find him being cold or cruel or manipulative.
And manipulative he is. There’s no denying it. He uses people, and he sees the MC as an vurnerable target. Somewhere the MC knows this too, and she tries her best to be on her guard around him. I think that’s why he teases her and tests her so much. In a way, he’s both warning her to be careful and throwing her off guard so he can take advantage.
kind of big spoilers under the cut
Chiaki has a lot of baggage. He’s been hurt more than once, each time by women, so he doesn’t trust them. In a way, he’s so manipulative and deflective because he’s trying to avoid getting hurt. He thinks all women will eventually hurt him, so he makes them hate him before he can even start to care.
And bless the MC. She’s so cute and blunt. She says exactly what she’s thinking, but she doesn’t do it in a gruff or offensive way. I like how she was able to forgive Chiaki for using her and to see the bigger picture. I would have been too hurt to ever speak to him again, but she has a heart much better than mine. She puts healing his pain first before her own.
That’s exactly what Chiaki needs. He needs someone who’s willing to look past his bullshit and see to the real him. To take a chance on him and not just drop him when things get difficult. Because really, he’s a man desperate for affection. Somewhere inside, he wants to be wrong about women, and the MC’s caring enough and patient enough to show him that.
Once his walls finally break, he becomes the most adorable, affectionate, embarrassed thing, albeit slightly more sadistic. And In a surprising parallel, the MC finds just as much enjoyment in teasing him as he does her.
If you liked his main story, I’d also suggest his epilogue. It heartbreaking, endearing, and sexy all at the same time!