The 176th Suggestion: You're Forgiven (許す, Yurusu) is the one hundred and seventy-sixth chapter of the series Medaka Box.


Before Shiranui can use Real Eater, the screw piercing Kumagawa grows and stabs Shiranui as well. Stunned, Shiranui realizes that all the screws on the floor are Book Maker screws. Kumagawa confirms his analysis; he hid the tops of the screws from her so she would not realize. The other screws disappear as the screw in Shiranui transforms into a full Book Maker screw. Kumagawa states that she was already in the palm of his hand since the beginning and that he is ahead of her when it comes to making fools out of others. Shiranui, still shaken by Book Maker, says that Kumagawa cannot reverse Zenkichi's disappearance if he keeps Book Maker on her. Kumagawa states he never intended to save Zenkichi, and even adds that he doesn't know him. Kumagawa asks Shiranui to come with him back to Hakoniwa Academy and rebuild the memories lost. Shiranui tells herself that Kumagawa is bluffing and is just waiting for her to beg him. Despite knowing this, Shiranui still tearfully pleads for Zenkichi's revival. Kumagawa stops her, saying that begging is useless, thinking she is lying. Accepting her just desserts and apologizing to Zenkichi, Shiranui prepares for Kumagawa's attack. Before Kumagawa can finish Shiranui off with his Book Maker, Zenkichi appears and stops Kumagawa's screws. Zenkichi says he knows what Kumagawa was trying to do, but asks to hit him once. Kumagawa smiles and says that he wants to say once again he could not win, but Zenkichi punches him to the ground before he finishes. Zenkichi explains to Shiranui how he returned, and asks if she is alright. Shiranui throws herself on him and tearfully apologizes for everything that has happened, asking to be saved. Zenkichi smiles and hugs her back. Kumagawa gets back up and wipes a tear from his eye, complimenting the heartwarming moment between friends, and asks to join in the group hug. Shiranui and Zenkichi prepare to beat up Kumagawa instead, but are interrupted by his cell phone. The caller is Obi. Shiranui tries to explain to Obi that Fukurou did not want her as a double, but Obi is already aware. In the midst of beaten doubles, a bloodied Obi warns her that Iihiko is coming for her and to run for it. Tsurubami and Nienami eventually manage to arrive at Fukurou's office. Fukurou asks his son why he has come, who asks his father if he needs a reason to see him.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Hansode Shiranui
  2. Hanten Shiranui (flashback)
  3. Misogi Kumagawa
  4. Zenkichi Hitoyoshi
  5. Medaka Kurokami (flashback)
  6. Obi
  7. Genjitsu Momozono
  8. Kariteru Kanaino
  9. Sakugo Nienami
  10. Gizou Yuzuriha
  11. Kairai Kugurugi
  12. Namanie Nienami
  13. Kamome Tsurubami
  14. Fukurou Tsurubami


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Volume Twenty
Chapters 168. The First and Only Bias Action • 169. Hakoniwa General Hospital Ruins • 170. Tsurubami Fukurou • 171. I Lied Too Much • 172. Sleep My Baby, Sleep ♪ • 173. What Is a "Song"? • 174. I Hate Lies • 175. Real Eater • 176. You're Forgiven