I'm still seeing a few comments on YT saying "I thought he was gonna propose!" or "still, why not rings? Rings can be modified as necklace so no one's gonna find out.."
Well, this is just my opinion but since Cheri Maho puts lots of thoughts in color details..
The pose screams nothing but proposing, offering custom-made gift in red matte box.
As for the color, most of us already familiar that combination of red and gold is identical with traditional Chinese celebrations, mostly weddings, new years, birthdays, everything that needs celebrations and wishing for good luck, and this dated back since ancient times.
And here it says and I quote:
"In the case of Japan, both China and Korea had heavy influences on the traditional colors of Japan early on in history".
"The history of red in Japan traces back to ancient times. The symbolic meaning of red is peace and the prosperity of the family. Also symbolises self-sacrifice, passion, carnal desires (Kurosawa wore all red in Adachi's nightmare 😆). Golden is considered the best color, represents wealth, reserved for emperors, and symbolises the power of heavens."
Fun facts: in modern japanese, 3 things associated closely with red includes cherry, paint, and public phone. It is also the same character Red = aka (赤) in Akaso Eiji.
Another post already explained well about the possibility of Fountain Pen meaning.
Edit: TYSM for @chibbysmama for telling me that @CherrymCherrym1 on twt had pointed out that this is actually Toyokawa's slogan for one of their pen product. Written on the poster behind Rokkaku and Fujisaki in ep 12 when he asked her plan for x-mas (link to tweet in notes)
Translation : a lifetime stationery for your loved one
Also, imo the duality of its purpose really fits Kurosawa's personality, as in:
We know how sentimental he is! Pens are one of Toyokawa's specialties and it's the very place he met Adachi and be together with him.
It IS easy to camouflage since they work in stationery company. But Adachi loves stationery and anyone knew he always had a pen on his breast pocket so easy to say as long as he wears his work suit, it'll never part from his body. And I think that could be Kurosawa's intention because he wants it to be handy and be with Adachi all the time but also be visible to everyone! If the ring was worn as necklace it wouldn't show...
We all know by now Kurosawa is the jealous type and not subtle at all 😅 I mean with everyone around them, how come this counts as subtle?!
Hexagon might be dense but the others will found out sooner or later 😂 and I bet Kurosawa wouldn't mind if that happened.
And the boldness of kissing at the office!
in a nutshell:
if this ain't intended as real proposal then Idk what is! And when Adachi answered Yes, I'm pretty sure he got completely what Kurosawa's intention is. Period.
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