Tsuki ga Kirei ED Line Chats Episode 12

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The Line chats in Tsuki ga Kirei’s ED are one of the nicest parts of the show, but no one translates them. Each episode’s chat tells a short love story between random people. Read them while listening to the ED song, Tsuki ga Kirei.

Tsuki ga Kirei is airing in the 2017 Spring season.

This episode brought up all the Line chats from before and matched them to scenes in the couples’ lives together. While the connection is not quite explicit, it is highly likely that the couples were Kotarou and Akane all along, as some have speculated. The episode’s ending does leave things rather open and so we can’t say for sure if these really happen or are simply speculative, but perhaps that ambiguity is fair: the final epiphany is after all no longer about the process of loving but simply about the beauty of love. I’ve translated the lines displayed and linked the respective conversations for each scene below.

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Honey (Episode 10)
Me: Not going to sleep?
Honey: You aren’t
Me: I don’t want to
Honey: Same
Me: Hahaha
Honey: Hahaha
Me: I get my pay next week
Me: I finally get to see you
Honey: *It’s a joy*

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Darling (Episode 8)
11:23 | Me: I’m sorry about yesterday
11:23 | Me: I went too far as well
11:24 | Me: But really
11:24 | Me: In the end
11:24 | Me: I love you more
11:24 | Darling: No I love you more
11:25 | Me: God!
11:25 | Me: Are you trying to start this again?!
11:32 | Me: That’s it! I hate you!

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Benippo (Episode 11)
Benippo: I didn’t think she’d come back
Benippo: Not so soon
Benippo: I thought she’d leave us alone
Benippo: I did make sure tell her we had to revise
Me: But, my notebook
Me: It was empty
Benippo: *Ah-ha*
Me: She might have suspected something
Benippo: Well. Yes XD

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Bae (Episode 9)
23:26 | Bae: Are you really okay?
23:26 | Me: Yeah, I took some medicine
23:26 | Me: I might have pushed myself too much in club
23:26 | Me: Sorry for making you worry
23:26 | Bae: No
23:26 | Bae: I should be the one saying sorry
23:26 | Me: Why?
23:27 | Bae: Because you’re sick
23:27 | Bae: And I can’t do anything for you

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Boyfriend (Episode 1)
00:47 | Boyfriend: Did you go?
00:47 | Me: Yeah…
00:48 | Boyfriend: Why!!
00:48 | Me: It’s perfectly fine
00:49 | Me: They call it a drinking party, but it’s just a hangout for people in the same lectrue
00:49 | Boyfriend: Lectrue
00:49 | Me: Lecture
00:50 | Me: It’s not what you think it is
00:50 | Boyfriend: But still

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Girlfriend (Episode 3)
23:45 | Me: You still aren’t back home?
23:49 | Me: Ever since you joined your club
23:49 | Me: You haven’t spoken to me much
23:50 | Me: I’m worried
23:50 | Me: Sigh
00:20 | Girlfriend: Sorry, I’m heading back now!
00:20 | Girlfriend: Had to catch the last train
00:21 | Girlfriend: You’re already sleeping, right?
00:21 | Girlfriend: *Crying sticker: “I’m sorry!”*
00:21 | Girlfriend: Goodnight…😭

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Girlfriend (Episode 4)
21:53 | Me: I fixed it with my mother
21:53 | Me: Told her I was going travelling with friends
21:53 | Me: Think she bought it
21:53 | Girlfriend: Will it be okay?
21:53 | Me: Should be
21:53 | Girlfriend: My mum was nice
21:53 | Girlfriend: She offered to help us
21:54 | Me: Really?
21:54 | Girlfriend: Yeah
21:54 | Girlfriend: She says she’ll handle my dad
21:54 | Girlfriend: She can make him believe her
21:54 | Me: Wow

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Girlfriend (Episode 6)
19:07 | Me: Aahh
19:07 | Me: So tired
19:07 | Girlfriend: Keep it up
19:07 | Girlfriend: And hey
19:07 | Girlfriend: If you pass this exam
19:07 | Girlfriend: You’re a working adult
19:07 | Me: Yeah
19:07 | Me: One last push
19:07 | Me: Give me a hug
19:07 | Girlfriend: HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG

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Boyfriend (Episode 5)
12:15 | Me: Hey
12:15 | Boyfriend: Yeah
12:15 | Me: If I got a job
12:15 | Me: And they sent me to another city
12:15 | Me: How would you feel?
12:15 | Boyfriend: Huh?
12:16 | Me: No, just kidding
12:16 | Boyfriend: Fine
12:16 | Me: *Shocked sticker*

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Wife (Episode 2)
00:37 | Wife: He seemed happy
00:37 | Me: Phew
00:37 | Me: When it was just us drinking
00:37 | Me: Your dad, he
00:37 | Wife: Yes
00:37 | Me: He cried a bit
00:37 | Wife: Really??
00:37 | Me: “My beautiful daughter” he said
00:37 | Wife: *Crying sticker*

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Husband (Episode 7)
21:19 | Me: You’re late!!
21:19 | Husband: I had to work overtime
21:19 | Me: We have guests today
21:19 | Me: I wish you’d check the calendar earlier
21:19 | Husband: I’m sorry
21:19 | Me: Not going to cut it
21:19 | Husband: I’ll buy you ice cream
21:19 | Me: Nope
21:19 | Husband: Soda


It’s been a very cute show, and I enjoyed following it and translating these snippets a lot. Thanks to everyone who shared my translations, and thank you all for reading them. You can find translations of the rest of the ED Line chats and the OP and ED songs here.

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27 thoughts on “Tsuki ga Kirei ED Line Chats Episode 12

  1. I’m REALLY thankful for all your work translating the chats over the entire series. You made it so much better. I think the connection is quite explicit based on the images shown together with the chat, they made it really obvious that the messages were Akane and Kotaro’s all along. Their love really is pure and beautiful. They made it through all the challenges that the long-distance relationship brought to them and are now forever together. Well, I guess they could see each other pretty often since the distance was not that long.

    • Seriously. Even the messages mention Kotarou’s notebook and Akane mentioning her club. It wouldn’t make sense for them to show these messages if the conversations weren’t between them, especially when the names Kotarou and Akane refer to each other as changes as the picture changes (Boyfriend, Hubby, Wife, Girlfriend).
      Also, not sure why OP mentioned the ending being ambiguous when the show didn’t imply otherwise. It wouldn’t make sense to show Kotarou’s and Akane’s relationship through the pictures if it was speculative. Not sure why OP thinks the ending comes down to speculation. Their relationship is confirmed in the pictures.

      • Your incredulity at my interpretation of the chats not necessarily being between Kotarou and Akane stems from two main issues: one, that you cannot fathom a reason for reading the messages not being them, and two, that you think there is a concrete link established between the messages and the pictures they were shown with.

        With regard to the latter, all the show did was juxtapose existing chat messages with pictures that vaguely matched the chat content. This is about as circumstantial as evidence can get. There was no explicit evidence in the chat icons or the chat content that the interlocutors were Kotarou and Akane, a fact which you gloss over when you say “Kotarou’s notebook” and “Akane’s club”. You’ve already made the connection in your mind despite the chats not actually saying that the notebook was Kotarou’s and the club Akane’s. My point is simply that there is an interpretive gap between the messages and the messages-as-between-Kotarou-and-Akane, and in this interpretive gap there is room for speculation. This enables us to read the ending as a happy ending where they get married, like you did. But it also enables us to read it as pure speculation, to say that the relationship ended with the train departing and that the rest is only a happy “what if?” to salve the heartbroken souls of the show’s viewers.

        Which brings us to the former point: what reason is there for reading this as a non-happy end? This comes down to a fundamental idea about stories: that they are understood differently by each person who reads/views them. This is an inescapable fact. The kind of differing interpretations people can get out of the same story is what enables stories to reach wide audiences and to live on past their time. Some interpretations you may not quite accept, but if they are backed up by enough evidence from the story then shutting them off would only be a disservice to the story. If you liked the story you would encourage a multiplicity of interpretations of it. In this case, there is in fact sufficient evidence to make Kotarou and Akane not getting together an understandable reading. The show has always tended toward the realistic, and the very realistic fact of a long distance relationship is that they are difficult to maintain. The other bit of evidence is when Kotarou reflects in the final lines on his relationship with Akane, in past tense. Of course, this alone is not enough to prove conclusively that they broke up, but then again, the existing evidence is also not enough to prove conclusively that they kept dating and got married in the end. This is what I mean by an interpretive gap. We’ve got this space to interpret the ending as we will. Your interpretation exists in this interpretive gap, and it is a perfectly valid interpretation. But you should understand that it is not the only interpretation, and that insisting that it is so will only reduce the possibilities for interpretation and enjoyment that this show offers.

  2. Great job translating. I do think the intention is to have us believe these really did happen. Wonderful couple that powered through the tough times to be together in the end. beautiful story

  3. Thank you so much for the translations! It provided a lot more insight into their relationship, even though it’s really not clinched that these are conversations between them. (I think it’s them, if you ask me!) Thanks again for your hard work!

  4. Thank you so much for your Tsuki ga Kirei translations. Having followed the LINE chats here made the fantastic ending even more perfect.

  5. Thank you very much for translating them all this time, I’m really grateful for all your work. Thanks to these we’ve got an insight into their future without even knowing (they were chaning the contact names, that sly script-writer).

  6. Thank you very much for translating them all this time, I’m really grateful for all your work. Thanks to these we’ve got an insight into their future without even knowing (they were chaning the contact names, that sly script-writer).

  7. Dazai once said, “brownricecookies guy is the best”

    Joking aside, I’m really thankful to you for the translations. You made the series much more fulfilling to me.

  8. Thanks so much for doing these translations. Looked forward to reading your translations after each episode each week.

    One thing I would suggest though is to, on the front page, still keep the sender identities vague. People will definitely look at this site in the future when they first watch the show. Not knowing for sure whether it was Akane and Azumi in those chats added the excitement of the show and the reveal that it was them at the end was so much powerful because we didn’t know for sure.

    • I did consider not saying outright on the main Tsuki ga Kirei page that the couples were Kotarou and Akane, but then again, now that the show is over, all information on it is necessarily retrospective. For people who have already watched the show, this arrangement is more logical as well. Thanks for the suggestion all the same.

  9. Thank you for your hard work over the season! Thank you for translating these LINE chats over the whole series ;w;

  10. “While the connection is not quite explicit, it is highly likely that the couples were Kotarou and Akane all along, as some have speculated.”
    I wouldn’t say “not quite explicit” or “it is highly likely” when it’s pretty much been confirmed. Even the messages mention Kotarou’s nokebook and Akane saying she pushed herself too much during club.
    “The episode’s ending does leave things rather open and so we can’t say for sure if these really happen or are simply speculative.”
    What? Speculative? Why would this show have an ambiguous ending? Nothing during the end of the show suggested otherwise.

  11. @brownricecookies I disagree. I don’t see the ending as a “what if” scenario. To me, it feels like you’re grasping at straws. As to why I referred to it as “Kotaro’s notebook” and “Akane’s club” is because I doubt the writers would intentionally reference both of these characters in messages that had nothing to do with the characters we know. It doesn’t make sense. The reason being, they didn’t want to make it too obvious in the early episodes that the messages are between Kotaro and Akane until the end. Which they reveal that it was. That’s the way I see it. Also, too many people are exaggerating the “long distance relationship”. It’s only 2 hours. I doubt that the writers would introduce two endings in a show that’s been pretty simple and straightforward.

    I think you’re overthinking the ending too much. I respect your opinion. But I disagree.

  12. Lol how did I auto login with an experimental WordPress account I havent used for months!
    Well that’s good because I almost never comment at blogs and such, and I dont want to use…social.. ok nevermind…
    NOW I GET TO SAY LIKE MANY OTHERS – THANKS FOR DOING THIS…
    WHAT A FREAKING AMAZING BEAUTIFUL SHOW!!!
    SO MUCH MORE AMAZING NOW THAT I REALIZE IT WAS SETTING UP THIS ALL ALONG IN END CREDITS…
    I call this type of show an “evolution” show…
    It takes a type of story done hundreds of times in manga and anime and the same story elements,
    which mostly are just the natural elements in real life in this case,
    and looks at what makes them good, and paces them out and magnifies and celebrates them
    and makes an art out of it,
    perfecting and polishing what is already loved, instead of adding more bikinis and explosions,
    or adding more rivals and betrayal and misunderstandings in an anime like this,
    or making people die or trying to do new weird things or new extremes etc.
    The ending, (not super spoilery which shouldnt matter in a blog post about the last episode!)
    The ending was like a simultaneous sad and happy ending, but then went and gave us an entire sequel anime in the last 2 minutes…
    For one thing as an original story and in general, that is a relief instead of leaving room for $equels,
    and the things that happened this blog post covered are more typical anime / real Japanese life things, getting sick, clubs, being busy etc.
    … But leading up to marriage and a baby, besides being a beautiful thing I always want to see but doesnt happen much, but more than in Western anti-family values media!,
    They aren’t just being cheap and giving us a sad ending, then cramming 4-5? years of happy ending stuff in our face, to anyone who caught the LINE conversations you wrote about and translated, instead of just being cheap after a sad ending “And then these 25 things happened, they actually lived happily ever after”
    IT’S SO ARTFUL AND BEAUTIFUL for anyone who got to realize as it happened
    those conversations they would never guess were about the main characters not being of drinking age etc. WAS THEIR FUTURE…
    Well I didnt explain that very well, I’ll stop here I guess
    DAMN I LOVE ANIME
    I LOVE TSUKI GA KIREI
    I LOVE YOU FOR MAKING THIS BLOG!!!!
    If anyone read my dumb comment, did you know the moon, universally romantic in cultures and time, as Tsuki, sounds almost like the common love expression suki (even though the “u” is normally pronounced so fast/silent) like snow “ski” …
    TO JAPANESE THE MOON IS EVEN MORE ROMANTIC WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT!
    I LOVE JAPAN AND ANIME AND TUSKIGAKIREI AND ANIME AND ALL OF YOU!
    Bonus #2: One episode was called Vita Sexualis, a reference to an influential Japanese novel about coming of age / first love / erotic experience etc.
    Starting with seeing a Meiji? era erotic woodblock print,
    just like Episode 1 of this show Kotarou sees the modern equivalent on those AKB48 type magazines, and the models on the cover in bikinis look very much like Akane and Chinatsu…
    But his eyes drift more to the “Akane” idol!
    THERE’S SO MANY PERFECT LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THIS SHOW!
    Darn now I ruined my repeated I love anime and this and you ending…
    Okay whatever… im pumped up after finishing what will probably be my #1 show of 2017! hehe.

    • Darn I read one of your long comments to someone about your “What if?” theory and 2 ending stuff after I posted mine!
      That kind of bummed me out from my adrenaline/hormone something high from an awesome “evolution” show of a kind I already loved combined with the super cherry on the cake of a super deluxe little sophisticated thingy among lots of simple but cool such things, the build up of the Instant Messages your blog posts are about…
      Obviously I initially interpretted it like the guy you argued with,
      even if you are right or the idea it’s a What if? or …
      hey here’s an idea, what if it’s a light novel Kotaru wrote called “As the Moon, So Beautiful”
      about the future he wanted hehe.
      And in reality they just grew apart : (
      Lol… whatever it is, it’s an AWESOME unexpected story device thingy, especially unexpected if you had no idea it existed until you are writing your 51 year old friend an email about how awesome the show is, and translate some internet acronyms so he can understand it better,
      and trying to find out what “Benippo” means which is how I found this lol,
      Without having thought a lot about it yet, I kind of lean toward the idea we are supposed to
      believe they were their future conversations, because after all, it DOES show the main characters married with a baby, not “random” people!
      So even if the texts arent them, why did they show us the actual characters *apparent* future??!
      I’m not disagreeing or want to argue etc, whatever it all means and intended as ambiguous or not etc, its DAMN COOL and YOU are cool for making this!!!
      That cherry on the cake is now a great example for me to explain my “evolution” show terminology hehe.
      They did something cool / new-ish / unexpected yet using the beloved normal elements of Japanese / anime youth romance stuff…
      Okay now Im babbling more and didn’t quite say this stuff perfectly either… I’ll stop here again hehe!

      • Hey, I’m the dude that was disagreeing with the host about the ending. The ending isn’t ambiguous. There is no ‘what if’ ending. What show has had two endings in the same episode as the host is suggesting this show had? That doesn’t even make sense. I haven’t heard of a show that had two endings in the same episode because that would be misleading and confuse the viewers. The title of the episode gives it away too which destroys any point the host was trying to make so I don’t know why the host is suggesting the show was ambiguous.
        Just ask any forum and everyone will tell you that the ending wasn’t ambiguous.

  13. Thanks for the LINE CHATs transalations and your hard work.. It’s very interesting “what if” scenario you describe. I’ve never thought in that way. So YOU what is the most “feasible”ending?

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