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UNOs 2 discussion 31 Dec 21:35
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joined Sep 26, 2020

I appreciate including an entry for the table of contents in the table of contents. Is that a common thing in Japanese works? I don't think I've seen it before…

Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

"How can you say that with a straight face?"

I see you, typesetter.

othiym23
Liberta discussion 09 Dec 13:09
Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

This comic is totally drawn by Tadokoro-san (except she seems too nice to have Liberta giving the police the finger).

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joined Sep 26, 2020

aaaaaaaaaaaaa

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Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Yusssss... I have the first two volumes of this in print and it's fun and different from a lot of the other OL stuff out right now. Funny, too. If weirdly upbeat about HR (yuni's background is apparently in corporate HR).

Also for some reason I thought this was connected to this one-shot, but no, that's a completely separate thing.

No, that one-shot is connected to yuni's other (completed, short) series, I Love You So Much I Hate You. https://yenpress.com/9781975314248/i-love-you-so-much-i-hate-you/

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joined Sep 26, 2020

This story is one of the horniest things on this site and I love it. Like "A Summer Fling" and "If a Lie Is Not Told, It Cannot Become Yuri", Ayanero manages to pack a considerable amount of characterization and style into her hentai. It's the cheerfuness and evident friendship between Aki and Kei that really sells this one for me. Aki comes across as somebody who's up for whatever, which makes her jumping Kei less surprising than it otherwise would be.

And Ayane-sensei's tastes aren't mine (I'm pretty vanilla lol) but the enthusiasm with which she draws everything really does a good job of selling how much fun the participants are having.

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joined Sep 26, 2020

Milk Morinaga is truly the don of yuri. I want her to do more stories about adults. This is great and hilarious. Rumiko Takahashi-level art and writing without her problem with interminable pacing.

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Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Science Babies

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joined Sep 26, 2020

Reminds me a lot of 大東京ビンボー生活マニュアル, which was one of the first things I ever tried to read in Japanese. Also some of the still / cityscape shots remind me a lot of Jiro Taniguchi. I really like this, especially in comparing with The Two of Them Are Pretty Much Like This. I might poke around and see if I can find some raws…

Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

I feel like Rankarama really diealed everything up to 11 in the TL for this chapter, but also this also feels very Shuninta Amano. Of course Rin's first client isn't going to be a fun or easy one. That's just not how she rolls.

And it's worth keeping in mind that this is a job for Rin – it's up to her to figure out how to meet her clients' needs, and not all of them are going to be as nice or socially adept as she was as a customer. (I'm thinking of My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness – the author of that got lucky in that she requested somebody who turned out to be very good at her job.) I fully expect Amano-sensei to exploit every opportunity for awkwardness she gets from this point forward. That's what makes her stories so memorable. Her stories have teeth. (I'm still not sure I enjoyed The Feelings We Must Endure, but I think about it all the time, and think it was pretty well done.)

Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Super Lesbian Rainbow Over Heaven Ultra Horny Aphrodite and destroys the villain with the Whore-Of-Babylon Fingerbanger Beam.

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joined Sep 26, 2020

A cute little detail I just noticed on a reread is that the first few times we see Tsutsuji smoking in Kotoko's apartment, she's smoking a cigarette out on the balcony. By the time we get to the afterword, she's moved on to a vape, without the story ever drawing any attention to that fact. She may be messy and a little clueless at reading others' emotions, but she's still paying attention. This collection reminds me of Haru Akyama's stuff (Octave, Me and Sakuma) in a good way.

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joined Sep 26, 2020

Aw, I'm sad the punks from the arcade in the web version aren't in the serialized version. I thought that was cheesy in the best possible way.

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Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Lol at Yukawa-san for going completely over the top for late Halloween and wearing a costume under her costume. She's such a dork. I love her.

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joined Sep 26, 2020

I'm sorry, it's quite frustrating seeing Kaori opening up to Kayoko that much and being pushed away like that, and Kayoko's thoughts might not seem like all that selfish, but first of all, it comes across as if she doesn't trust Kaori to not abandon her, even if she keeps telling herself that it's because she's not "worthy" of her or something. I get it, the way I put it is quite harsh, but honestly, if someone is opening up to you and being that kind and willing to listen to you, but all you do is decide for yourself how they feel in their place, then I'd say it is quite selfish. I agree with you though.

I think the thing is, Yukawa-san doesn't trust Mizuki-san to not abandon her. That's what I meant when I said she's scared. Yukawa-san is essentially a slightly less disastrous / more put-together version of the main character from Inui-sensei's Sunday 13:00 (I'd link to it but the forum software thinks I'm spamming when I try???) – shy, low self-confidence, deeply conflict-averse. It's cute and funny for readers but it's frustrating as hell in real life (whether you're the person feeling those feelings or the people having to cope with their effects). From a certain point of view it's definitely unfair to Mizuki-san, who is putting herself out there in a way that Yukawa-san can't or won't.

Also, I'm sure you noticed I'm not the best at expressing my thoughts, so I have no idea how to say stuff like this nicely.

No worries. We seem to mostly be agreeing anyway!

I have a lot of sympathy for Mizuki-san, but if it's not obvious, I identify with Yukawa-san. I was once a 32-year-old in a relationship with a 27-year-old and I can understand her insecurities.

Let's be serious. Kayoko needs psychotherapy.

I mean, who doesn't?

She's probably fucking with her as a test but also I'm gonna riot if she's serious

I read ahead a bit (as best I can – my Japanese sucks, and it takes me about 10 minutes a page to come up with a good translation), and Mahiro-san's pass at Yukawa-san is best qualified as a "ha ha only serious" thing. It makes me feel super bad for her, honestly. Unrequited love sucks.

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Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Does no one else think that, regardless of whether or not Mahiro has feelings for her, she's kinda trying to put her on the spot to make her realize how her thoughts come across? Like she's forcing her hand so that she either decides to leave Kaori or realize that her thoughts and refusal to talk about it with Kaori are quite frankly pretty stupid and selfish.

I wouldn't put it this strongly, but yeah. Yukawa-san isn't being stupid or particularly selfish – Memo 12 starts with her musing on the fact that she's never really been in this position before. She doesn't really know what she's doing in this increasingly serious relationship with another woman, and is frightened of hurting Mizuki-san or getting hurt herself. She has a small inferiority complex due to how inexperienced she feels at her age (and given the age gap between her and Mizuki-san), and as a result tends to discount her own worth when set next to her girlfriend.

Mild spoiler: we're about to go into a flashback and see the history of Mahiro and Yukawa-san's friendship, which in turn puts what Mahiro is doing here into context. Mahiro knows Kayoko pretty well, and both likes her and isn't afraid to give her a semi-playful shove when she needs it. It's maybe a little pushy to put it in terms of "or we could date… just joking… unless…", but she's only human. I think it's more sweet than manipulative. One of my favorite things about this very fluffy but calm story is that there are no bad people in here.

Aside from the adult life / workplace setting, what I like best about this story is that it follows the relationship past its earliest steps into the much more treacherous terrain of actually doing the work to build a strong connection between two people, and that while the feelings are big, the drama is pretty small. I love the way the story shows two people, neither of whom are very experienced with relationships or love, who didn't expect to be in the kind of relationship that they're in, just trying to work it out as they go along. It feels very real to me, and the way they consistently treat each other with respect and kindness makes me root for them.

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joined Sep 26, 2020

I own the tanks for this and I'm not going to include any spoilers except to say this story is not going to suddenly going to turn into a different kind of story 2/3 of the way through.

I love these idiots. And don't blame Mahiro for shooting her shot,

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Butt
joined Sep 26, 2020

Please, tell me there’s more to come! How many chapters? So curious to keep seeing their cute times, but yeah, I wonder if they will make some someday

There are four more chapters and an omake left in volume 3: https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/teiji_ni_agaretara_ch20#3

There is one more volume's worth of raws that has just been published, which includes the rest of the Pixiv chapters and a bonus story about Kayoko and Kaori's "first night". I have that en route in hardcopy from Japan, and will update with how many chapters there are once I get it, probably early next week. The blurb for the new volume says that includes an onsen trip. Fun! https://www.cmoa.jp/title/170950/vol/4/

I'll really miss this series because it is so chill and lovely but I like that it's being kept relatively concise and self-contained.