Oh, this is the same author as Ayame 14. She definitely pushes into more taboo topics like polyamory, masturbation, and now prostitution. I think that's a good thing though. The whole lesbian experience is more than just two girls who meet and fall in love and the manga ends when they get together. Sure, not EVERY lesbian sleeps around or does all that, but it is nice to see people from all walks of life be represented.
This is exactly why I respect Shuninta Amano so much. She doesn't just deconstruct Story A, she flies right past it and doesn't even slow down to look back at it as it blows up in her wake.
Okada and Sumire apply different relational models to doing household chores: Okada believes they are in Equality Matching, while Sumire clearly sees it as Communal Sharing (in fact, this is Fiske's textbook example of it). That's why you must keep talking about your relationships. :-)
Yup, lots of heavy foreshadowing in the latest chapter... My current prediction: the kaiju of the next mission is linked to one of the girls Yorino hanged out with this chapter (which is one of the two is still up in the air, tho), and her rival/admirer will probs be the one to deliver the final blow. The next mission will be against a humanoid kaiju, and either the rival girl or her partner will sacrifice herself to let the mains kill it. A much less likely, but even more messed up idea is that the humanoid kaiju will be linked to the other girl from this chapter, hell-bent on metaphysical revenge.
^ lol. This is like, the fanciest, most roundabout way to say "Ogino Jun rips other stuff off and adds T&A."
Seriously, this isn't that deep. There's nothing complex or layered going on here. That's not a criticism, BTW - for every trend in art or culture there are innovators and imitators, and imitation of itself is not a failure. OJ isn't some savant artiste creating a masterpiece out of a broad swath of inspiration. He's a good mangaka who can spot a trend and who likes to draw tits. Appreciate it for what it is, there's no need to pretend this is high art.
If you only sort creative works into high art and low-brow entertainment, then sure, OJ's manga clearly falls into the latter. I just happen to see a few more categories in-between, ones that can be intellectually engaging without "pretending it is high art". Clearly, the number of posts theorizing about the setting and the story above indicate that this manga is just that kind of geeky entertainment, but you are, of course, entitled to your own opinions on it. :-)
It is interesting that people keep bringing up so many different older stories this one draws from (Attack on Titan, World Trigger, Bleach, even Pacific Rim and Bokurano, and now Astral Chain), and yet this very number attests to the fact that this Semelparous is not a simple derivative work but a truly post-modernist one that deliberately invokes existing texts to create a new meaning. Gamma was exactly the same way, but its reference pool was an order of magnitude larger, drawing from entire genres (magical girl, super sentai, superhero comics). As an author, Ogino Jun fascinates me by seemingly combining a deep critical and analytical understanding of complex source material and a completely irreverent indulgence of physics-defying boobs and loli hentai.
Plot twist: The original one-shot took place in the parallel world, but Haruka and Youko are partially swapped there. In other words, in the parallel world, Haruka was their sempai and got killed off-screen, while Youko is the childhood friend who survived.
New quasi-superhero series from Ogino Jun? Sign me the heck on.
To everyone complaining how the author "ruined" the original doujin, relax. The original doujin is still there for you to enjoy. This is an alternate timeline in the same setting, and the author is free to write it however he likes. From where I am standing, y'all are just miffed that you didn't get a series based on the premise you liked more -- which I am sorry for, but please let us enjoy the new, edgier timeline from now on.
The story is a less over-the-top version of Rooftop Miracle, one of my faves...
This serves as a good reminder that you should ask someone if something is wrong when it looks like there is and listen to what they have to say.
That's a good piece of advice, except that you don't always have the mental energy and capacity to pay attention to others when you are going through serious issues yourself. While it has worked out for the MCs in this case, fellow suicidal individuals are rarely good company when you're contemplating killing yourself. That's why hotlines exist...
Damn, forcing your slave to sleep on a Facebook cat emoji pillow. That’s got to be a lot worse than the implied forced coprophagia/piss drinking.
What? Where,why? I thought she just carried her to the toilet and let her do her stuff, if Kaede is "her own body" she'd not need to eat Miss's waste...right?
I think the implication was that Kaede reacted in an instinctive and immediate withdrawal because her previous owners made her do all those things. It took her a moment to realize that Fuuka, with her lack of mobility, has obviously meant it in a different way.