The 178th Suggestion: I Cannot Promise That (約束はできない, Yakusoku Hadekinai) is the one hundred and seventy-eighth chapter of the series Medaka Box.


Everyone is surprised by Medaka's appearance. Zenkichi tries to explain Fukurou's corpse, but is cut off by Tsurubami. Tsurubami hurriedly tries to explain his father's corpse, setting up Fukurou as a good person, though he becomes annoyed when Nienami backs him up. Medaka cuts him off, explaining that she was already aware of Fukurou's true nature, and laments that she could not save him. Nienami's response to Medaka's feelings annoys Tsurubami further. Iihiko grows impatient as Medaka talks to her friends, and moves forward, only for Medaka to punch him before he can make his own attack, surprising everyone. Nienami thinks to herself that Medaka may have grasped the basics of styles from fighting Yuzuriha. Shiranui explains that even attacks are broken when they are used against Iihiko. Iihiko notes that Medaka has improved; as he recognizes her punch however, the attack "breaks" as Iihiko defends himself, and Medaka's knuckles are destroyed. Zenkichi is shocked to realize both his and the Thirteen Party's earlier attacks were not even recognized as such by Iihiko. Accepting that attacking in anger will not work, Medaka demand that Iihiko give up on Shiranui if her next attack is successful. Iihiko asks if she will give up on Shiranui if she fails, to which Medaka answers in the negative. Kumagawa recognizes Medaka's choice of a one hit battle, stating that she is creating the same situation as when she fought him in the President's battle. Zenkichi is confused by Medaka's choice, while Shiranui recognizes Medaka's preparation for her strongest Kurokami Phantom. Tsurubami mentions that the attack might actually work if she has understood the rhythm of styles. As Medaka prepares to use Kurokami Phantom however, Nienami suddenly cries out to her that she is not using styles correctly. Medaka charges forward with her Kurokami Phantom; however, the attack fails, and Medaka collapses, much to the onlookers' horror. Iihiko explains that he reflected her strongest attack back on her; Medaka's heart will never beat again. Zenkichi He refuses to believe Medaka is dead, even as his face crumples in despair. Iihiko expresses his disappointment that Medaka was merely a modern girl after all.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Zenkichi Hitoyoshi
  2. Namanie Nienami
  3. Hansode Shiranui
  4. Kairai Kugurugi
  5. Misogi Kumagawa
  6. Kamome Tsurubami
  7. Iihiko Shishime
  8. Medaka Kurokami
  9. Fukurou Tsurubami (flashback)
  10. Najimi Ajimu (flashback)


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Volume Twenty-One
Chapters 177. Up Until Now, that Person • 178. I Cannot Promise That • 179. I Love People • 180. Kurokami Final • 181. You Lost • 182. My Words Will Reach • 183. His Heart Was Full • 184. And Medaka-chan • 185. One Plus One Is