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Kazu-kun
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I will not say Amane is the bad one here because obviously not but her attitude of not letting Nene go is still somewhat chilldish because

Thing is Nene didn't give any reasons for why she was breaking things up with Amane and that left Amane in a sort of limbo where she can't help wondering what the hell happened endlessly. We, as omniscient readers can see that the reason Nene dumped her is related to her inferiority complex, but Amane has no clue about this. She doesn't know Nene is envious of her cuteness and bright personality. She has a million questions and not a single answer. It's understandable she can't easily move on, and I don't think it's particularly childish for her age to feel that way.

last edited at Jun 25, 2019 8:51PM

Kazu-kun
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I love all the responses people wrote on my post, but I love this response the best. It clarifies things more clearly. She is the typical high school chick jealous of something really dumb. It’s funny how Amane is more mentally mature than someone who appears mature.

But man this author knows how to trick the mind really well. Maybe the creepy senpai really had barely anything to do with it.

Let's speculate for a bit. I think what creepy senpai did was showing Nene the pictures of happy cute Amane she has been taking since childhood.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch07#5
I think until that point Nene probably wasn't comparing herself to Amane and was happy in her relationship with her. But she had probably always wanted to be seen as cute and bright and never could, so getting to see those pictures must have sparked some pretty serious envy (the fact she feels envious of Amane is already confirmed anyway).

This probably kept eating at her until she snapped and dumped Amane, and started to treat her coldly ever since.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch06#21
Feeling inferior to someone is not inherently wrong, but not being honest about it and treating that person like shit is definitely wrong. What Nene should have done is talk things out with Amane properly. If they broke up anyway so be it, but at least Amane would know why and would be able to get closure and move on. Also, it's clear that Nene hasn't moved on either. She still feels inferior and jealous of Amane so clearly breaking up didn't solve anything for her, didn't help her in any way.

Enters Kou. On one hand, Kou can instinctively see that whatever Nene and Amane had in the past still exists to same extent. She can see it in the picture of them together that she took at the beginning of the story. There is a reason that became her favorite picture
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch07#1
and she strongly believes what she sees in that picture is true.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch07#38

On the other hand, Nene is trying to use Kou as an emotional crutch. Since Nene ran away from Amane instead of talking things out properly, she never got over her inferiority complex. Thus she's using Kou to feel special, to feel cuter than Amane in some way.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch04#29

As for senpai... She seems to believe that Amane is most beautiful when sad.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch06#31
Which is why I think she really must have shown Nene those cute Amane pictures (this hasn't been confirmed yet but I think it will soon enough) in order to push Nene into breaking out with Amane.

As for what's going to happen next, I think Kou's picture is gonna win the contest. I think this has to happen in order to validate what Kou sees in that picture as true. And as a result Kou will become more determined to help Nene and Amane patch things out. Because, ultimately Kou is the protagonist so she will be the one to fix all this shit, one way or another.

last edited at Jun 25, 2019 4:06PM

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I'm confused a bit tho. The stalker friend, Who does she like? The black hair chick? I dont get bout what is suppose to be a date (or is she just being delusional?)

I think she likes the black hair chick and she's indeed delusional. She seems to want to kidnap her an all. She's pretty crazy.

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who's been told constantly not to show emotion or smile because she's somehow "better" by not being herself--whereas she got to constantly see Amane, the person she was probably closest to, be praised for being awesome and attractive and all that by being "allowed" to be her (albeit exuberant) self. And it gave her a complex. And was probably too much for her to handle, so she tried to create distance, but was stymied by how desperate Amane was to keep her in her life, and probably by her own miasma of contradictory feelings. "I love this person, but it also hurts to be with this person".

Nene having an inferiority complex is obvious. The problem is she should have been honest with Amane. Nene dumped her without even explaining her reasons which left Amane without closure. That's a pretty shitty situation for Amane.

Now she's found a cute little camera girl who tells her how great she is when she's just herself. That her smile is OKAY, and even desirable. I can see why her behavior is weird, and why she's pursuing Kou.

She's pursuing Kou for the wrong reasons.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/luminousblue_ch04#29
Kou is (unwittingly) enabling Nene's complex. What Nene needs is to face her complex in order to grow as a person. Kou actually believes that Nene smiles the brightest when she's with Amane (which she captured through her picture), and Kou might be right about that. But Nene can't deal with her inferiority complex so she runs away from her own feelings and from Amane. She has to stop running away and face her shit instead.

All that been said, she's still a huge bitch all the same. Having emotional issues doesn't mean it's right to treat people like shit.

last edited at Jun 25, 2019 6:19AM

Kazu-kun
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It seems like Nene has really fallen for Kou this time

I don't think so. What she loves is the attention. She became interested in Kou after the latter started taking pictures of her and saying she's cute. Nene wants to draw attention and feel special. She wants Kou to look only at her, but not because she loves Kou. Rather, it's because Kou paid attention to her that she got interested in Kou.

Nene doesn't really love Kou, I think. What she loves is herself. She's a narcissist.

last edited at Jun 25, 2019 12:58AM

Kazu-kun
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It did seem like a pretty nice idea until this chapter, not quite so sure now. Less due to Nene's own behavior, which, while almost but not quite Senpai-level cruel, could have been aimed at making Amane finally give up

I think that interpretation is pretty weak considering Nene's need to feel special and how she craves attention. She's a narcissist. That's why she's pursuing Kou rather than genuine love, and it's probably the reason she behaves like a bitch towards Amane as well.

last edited at Jun 24, 2019 12:03PM

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Personally, I think Nene is still not over Amane. I don't see the sense of deliberately showing up with your new girlfriend in a place where your ex is working.

She wanted to hurt her, that much I got; I dunno why but it's more & more clear that Nene is irked at Amane for something that happened before the breakup, perhaps even caused it, and even now Nene still has a grudge

Rather than having a grudge, Nene seems to be jealous or envious of Amane. Like Seira said in the post above, Nene seems to have a strong need to feel special. She's envious because Amane seems to draw the kind of attention Nene craves for.

last edited at Jun 23, 2019 6:25PM

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Nene and senpai are a pair of turbo-bitches. They should stop messing with Kou and Amane and get together or something.

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Amane deserves better. And Kou too. Nene is a pile of crap.

Kazu-kun
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Nene is a piece of garbage. Both Kou and Amane should get the hell away from her.

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Citrus + discussion 18 May 08:27
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This might not be a popular opinion, but I don't think their relationship is working at all. Mei is right, she doesn't suit Yuzu. Actually, the way she's now, she doesn't suit anyone. She's too immature to be in a relationship. She needs a shrink more than anything.

last edited at May 18, 2019 8:27AM

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I remember the first time I ran down a bowling lane. You only do it once.

it's like I've become the main character of a romance manga

Of a trashy romcom LN, I'd say. This manga went to the shitter sooner than expected. Dropped.

Applying high standards to genre fiction is quite the silly thing to do.

I'm not applying any high standard. This thing is trash. That's all there is to it.

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it's like I've become the main character of a romance manga

Of a trashy romcom LN, I'd say. This manga went to the shitter sooner than expected. Dropped.

Kazu-kun
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I mostly agree with what you said, but I don't think Yuu fell in love at first sight. She was just impressed with Touko's beauty since she is supposed to be very hot in-universe. Yuu wanted to fall in love at first sight, as she stated in chapter 40-

You mean this?
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/bloom_into_you_ch40#24
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/bloom_into_you_ch40#25

I think this is just a rationalization from her part. I don't think it's true. Maki could tell very early on (before chapter 10 if I remember correctly) that Yuu had feelings for Touko.

Chapter 40 shows an improvement since Yuu at least can admit she's in love "now." But I think it also shows she still hasn't resolved her denial entirely. The truth is she was attracted to Touko since the beginning. Maybe that's why the manga didn't end in this volume. It will probably take one more volume for Yuu to complete her character development and fully overcome her denial and admit she has actually been experiencing that passionate romance she always longed for without even realizing it. That's my take at least.

Kazu-kun
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Yuu comes to grips with the fact that she's demiromantic and she's never going to have one of those "love at first sight fireworks" moments, though she can have plenty of fireworks with her lover now that they are together...

Yuu isn't demiromantic or anything like that. She's just a girl with an over-idealized view of romance. Most people don't have super passionate romances anyway. That's a thing of shoujo manga, and let's not forget this story starts by showing the audience Yuu is an avid reader of shoujo manga and romance literature.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/bloom_into_you_ch01#5
That's the context that informs Yuu's issues and should never be forgotten as it colors Yuu's every actions and thoughts during the course of the story.

When Touko rejected her, Yuu felt like shit but she tried to deny it. It's all about denial with Yuu. Her problem was never that she couldn't fall in love. She could and did fall in love with Touko very early on (maybe even at first sight considering her immediate reaction after meeting Touko, before Touko starting putting the moves on her). The problem was that she couldn't admit it because it wasn't the rose-colored over-passionate kinda romance she had read about in manga and novels. It was something much more down to earth. And when she did start feeling a bit of that passionate romance, Touko ran away. In order to bear the pain, Yuu told herself she didn't understand love after all. But Maki saw through her lie. Yuu did understood love and felt it. The pain itself was the proof.
https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/bloom_into_you_ch39#14

Maki is aromantic. Yuu is just an ordinary girl with unrealistic expectations and a nasty habit of denying her own feelings.

last edited at May 8, 2019 5:56PM

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Her mother better have been kidnapped or something.

Because if she abandoned her daughter just because she wanted to play Mahjong with the World champion, she deserves jail time.

I understand people might forget what's going with this manga because the ride has been pretty long, but I'm still surprised. It has already been revealed that Niemann, the mahjong world champion, brainwashed Shino's mother and took her away. Shino's mother doesn't even remember Shino right now.

In order to get her back, Shino will have to play and beat Niemann to lift the brainwashing. Problem is she doesn't even know Niemann is the culprit right now.

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Citrus + discussion 19 Apr 16:23
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Citrus+ is great at showing how Citrus never made any sense and Yuzu and Mei were really incompatible with each other all along. They're just too different and are completely unable to communicate with each other properly. Their relationship is a big pile of nothing and a waste of time for both of them.

Not sure if bait...

I don't know what's your issue but this chapter clearly showed how they can't communicate with each other. If after everything they went through in the main series they're still like this, then I'm inclined to believe it just doesn't work.

last edited at Apr 19, 2019 4:25PM

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I don't see the yuri end at all, to be honest. The friend just realized she has being inconsiderate, which doesn't mean she loves the MC. And even the MC seems resigned to be just friends at the end.

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Citrus + discussion 19 Apr 14:56
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Citrus+ is great at showing how Citrus never made any sense and Yuzu and Mei were really incompatible with each other all along. They're just too different and are completely unable to communicate with each other properly. Their relationship is a big pile of nothing and a waste of time for both of them.

Kazu-kun
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Quick question. Does Hino-san no Baka translate to "Hino-san's Idiot" OR "Hino-san you jerk"?

"Hino-san you jerk."

"no baka" is a common expression. In this particular case the "no" functions a little different than usual.

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It wasn't a happy ending at all. Her friend just didn't hate her, but they aren't getting together or anything.

Kazu-kun
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The name kanji are different but just pronounced the same. Towa is Toma's assistant and yes, they are a couple. A friend of mine confirmed this when she talked to both of them.

Bless.

It's the other way around though. Towa is a professional mangaka. She's the author of Girls-High, for example. Tomo is primarily a doujin author and served as Towa's assistant. As far as I know Tomo hasn't published any actual manga, only doujinshi.

BTW, this doujin has continuation. There's like 4 chapters so far. I hope Yuri-ism keeps translating them.

last edited at Jan 17, 2019 7:45PM

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The ending is pretty unsatisfying. I'd say it was a waste of time overall.

how come? Het ending?

Akari and Yuki hooked up.

No they didn't. They just had sex once to comfort each other. Yuki actually thinks about the guy while they had sex. Her heart is never with Akari. Then they part ways and seven years later they meet each other again. They don't get together. Yuki didn't have feelings for Akari before they parted ways and there's no indication that would ever change.

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Happy Nest discussion 25 Jul 23:36
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it would've been better if the playgirl was the one who fell head over heels instead

That would have been my preference. It almost comes across as her doing it just to make a point.

Wasn't that it though? It was the playgirl who pulled the strings to start a relationship and even asked to go out "already". It felt mean-spirited because of the large gap in experience between them, but the playgirl seems to accept monogamy

I don't think so. Her character description makes it clear she's noncommittal. This was just a game for her.

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Killing Me! discussion 11 Jun 20:04
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New vampire hunter with no qualms about killing.

She'll end up protecting Miyoko.

Called it.

And so her harem begins..it's a vicious cycle of hunters chasing after her and then eventually falling for her.

It's actually more likely this new hunter chick has a thing for Saki. That bit at the end when she tells Saki she will turn her back to how she used to be kinda gives it away. She wants her competent-hunter Saki-senpai back.

last edited at Jun 11, 2018 8:13PM