Still...I have to wonder. It seemed as though Piro and Largo were on top of the world, in full control of their destinies, and now it looks as though that was just a cruel hoax. Largo's been fired from his consulting job with the Tokyo Police and has been publicly dissed by not only Miho but the class leader, and Piro has a broken nose to go with his screwed-up relationships with Erika, Kimiko, and Yuki. I am beginning to wonder if this story is going to have a traditional American/English ending with our heroes succeeding & living happilty ever after, or a Japanese ending where the heroes and heroines struggle bravely against their fates before dying. Yes, I'm indulging in drastic oversimplification here, but nothing says that Piro and Largo have to get out of their situation with anything other than a Bad End.
I think I actually like the strip better now, with all the angst and depressing scenes, than I did at the beginning when it was more often funny than not.