The latest chapter of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata’s spinoff manga, Koisuru Metronome, came up with a very interesting development. Spoilers ahead, I warned you.
The chapter continues from Utaha’s recent slump which caused the writing process of both the novel and anime of Pure-hearted Hectopascal to stagnate. Tomoya is being driven into a corner since Utaha will have to be replaced with a third party writer if she still can’t write the script for the anime.
Tomoya accidentally overheard a conversation between the staffs about Utaha’s condition in the office. They talked about how Utaha’s current problem stems from the fact that no one is pushing her potentialーsomething that should have been Tomoya’s job as an editor. The depressed Tomoya was then encouraged by the chief editor with him saying that it’s hard to balance things when odds are against him. He went on to add that it’s up to Tomoya whether their project will become a success or a failure despite a lot of people thinking of ending the project.
As Tomoya returned to his home, he was greeted by Mayu who has been waiting for him. Mayu told Tomoya that she has read all the volumes of Koisuru Metronome (Utaha’s previous novel) and she finally understood what it meant for Utaha. Mayu then asked Tomoya to think through how to resolve their current problem together. Tomoya refused, saying it’s his responsibility as Utaha’s editor.
Hearing his response, Mayu started lashing out on Tomoya. She admitted that she really loves Utaha and her work, which is why she doesn’t want it to end.
Mayu’s outburst of emotion ended with one last scene, where she confessed her love to Tomoya.
With the way Mayu’s confession happening in a pivotal arc of Utaha’s decision, it feels like the answer would not be a favorable one for her. Well, we’ve got another month to wait and find out in the next chapter.