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I absolutely love tragic endings like this. Even the fact that we don't see the reactions of their friends and family just further enhances the sense of loss and finality.
If we get any kind of bonus chapter it would need to have a focus on their two unhinged friends and their burgeoning toxic relationship, but I think this ending is perfect on its own.

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Wait... it's not fully scanlated, right? That comment says there are 37 chapters, not 27. That means we still get ten more chapters, don't we?

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I was under the impression that same sex marriage was probably going to be legalized in Japan within the next couple years, but I think I might have been too optimistic if neither of them have really even considered that it could be possible

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I still got teary-eyed, but wasn't there a line in literally the first chapter like "thus began my first and last summer with Kaori"?

Why would anyone be surprised that this is a tragedy?

Edit: it's actually phrased "the first and last summer we spent together" but the very first line of the entire story is "The summer you were there...". It has never been a secret that something bad was going to happen to Kaori from the beginning

Editx2: the word "ephemeral" is literally in the title. Their romance won't be ephemeral if they get a happily ever after

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It did feel like this story could've run for at least one more volume, but we don't know if it was axed or not.

It was axed, for health problems reasons

If that's the case then I can forgive the ending being cut short. It always sucks when a story ends in an unsatisfying way, but I guess a few bad endings among all the manga I read, yuri or otherwise, isn't really that big of a deal. Especially when it was a fun ride all the way up to that point

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They did definitely cover up more skin, but a single boob plate and some random pauldrons doesn’t actually seem that much better in terms of actual protection. Most of it’s just fabric

I have to admit that it's the kind of armor that I would normally criticize (boob plate especially) but being part armor/part fabric is exactly what I would expect for a half martial/half magic class, so I think it holds up well enough. Plus the guy that kicked her out of the party was just wearing leather over even less of his body, so she's at least more protected than him.

If I were to try justifying it in lore I would say "it's enchanted with powerful defensive magic so it doesn't matter what material it's made of" but criticizing the use of in-universe lore as justification for the author to put characters in impractical clothing (or exercising any other fetishes they may have) is kinda the entire point of this story, so this armor does seem a little hypocritical lol

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Side characters being 100% on-board with the mc being gay is one of my favorite things in yuri but it's so rare that I don't mind that this is a "they're a little confused, but they've got the spirit" situation

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It always feels nicer when the "good" characters get the happy endings but I can enjoy a story about toxic relationships (I absolutely love Scum's Wish). It's just that the one thing I ask for out of any story is a good sense of closure... that being said WHAT HAPPENED WITH HARUKI AND MOCHI!?

I get that Haruki was rejected and seemed to accept it rather than getting hung up like Sei did with Yoru, but what is her relationship with Aya like now? They live next to each other and the confession/rejection scene seemed like it was meant to clean the slate so they could go back to being friends but we don't get to see that or the inevitable drifting apart that Haruki was so worried about.

Then there's Mochida who seemed to have a lesbian awakening in that one scene with Sei and is no longer interested in the teacher but we don't get to see how any of that worked out. I was fully expecting Haruki and Mochi to end up dating in the epilogue or something but instead we get nothing.

I enjoyed the series overall despite it not having the tidy happy ending were the good people are rewarded and the bad people are punished because good things happen to bad people all the time and story doesn't have to make you happy to be good, but this ending leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

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Wonder if the last chapter will be a time skip of sorts?? Maybe show an older Lily??

I'm not sure if I'd want to see that. The idea reminds me of Asellus's Half Human ending in Saga Frontier, and that's such a heartbreaking ending. The pain of seeing your beloved growing old while you yourself haven't aged a day. No gusta.

Sadly this is probably gonna happen, only hoping that she won't commit suicide and instead lives on like lily wanted, eventually dying of old age, hopefully still sane at that point, and reuniting in the afterlife, or heaven as lily puts it.

A tragic/happy epilogue-style ending that gives closure by showing how the rest of the characters' lives go instead of a hand-waved "happily ever after"? That's literally my favorite kind of ending. BRING ON THE TEARS

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Does anyone else feel like the author just had a checklist of things that needed to happen but didn't know how to do it organically so they just sped through all of them?
1. Timeslip+identity reveal
2. Older Nanasawa confession
3. Younger Nanasawa confession
4. Polycule

I was expecting each one of those things to have some buildup and drama but they happened almost simultaneously and with very little time for the characters to actually process everything

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Oh and Nao seems like a potential love interest!

Looks like we night get a love triangle in our smut. I can foresee a situation where Asumi sorta gives up on meeting her friend and falls for Nao, but on her final brothel visit before giving up prostitutes for good to date Nao she just happens to finally hire her friend. Drama (and/or a threeway) ensues

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Sisterism discussion 22 Nov 20:12
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The mostly episodic story started off with was really good but there were promises of good development that were never fulfilled since it was constantly playing with the idea of having the main two actually get together.

Ultimately the the main characters ended up with less progress than anyone else and all the development that did happen with the other characters was crammed into too-few chapters with too much happening off-screen leaving the ending as a rather unsatisfying non-conclusion.

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After having consensual sex with another girl and enjoying it what kind of mental gymnastics will she need to do to convince herself that she isn't into yuri

Also I remember an author's comment on one of Mochi's older works where they claimed to not have enough confidence in anatomy to do any really lewd stuff, so it's always heartwarming for me now when their stuff gets horny

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Until now the possible "happy" endings seemed to be:
1. Sasaki getting senpai, leaving Nanasawa to eventually time slip and create a closed loop
2. Nanasawa getting senpai, rewriting reality and removing Sasaki from existence
But now we have a better option for everyone:
3. Polycule. The only true solution for a love triangle

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This felt so much like a final chapter that I was surprised to not see the series marked as "completed"

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As a sicko enthusiast I really hope they get as close to solitary happiness as they can in the end. Unlikely, but god, they're both so toxic and I just love that in a yuri couple. Let them destroy each other until the end of time <3

Sometimes I want to read a story that just makes me feel bad and that's valid

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Why is the heck this still tagged as "yuri?"

They did kiss a couple chapters back so it is maybe a bit more than subtext perhaps a little bit maybe

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Pretender discussion 31 Aug 21:09
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I feel like "beautiful girl with a horrible personality" describes the love interest in almost all of Kodama Naoko's stories

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If this ends with double suicide I don’t think i will sleep for weeks. I love it.

God I love well written unhappy endings. Enough of this "they lived happily ever after" bullshit I wanna cry

I'd also take a wholesome ending because that'd still be pretty dark with how toxic they are, so w/e

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Between Amemiya's appearance, personality, and the comparison to a princess, I think the author is a fan of Sleepy Princess

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My gripes about "Sasaki" keeping on with the self-cuck plot aside, I really don't like the other senpai. In the first timeline, she clearly didn't do jack shit to help Nanasawa, since the protag would've mentioned it otherwise. Then someone comes and rocks the boat and NOW she wants to help. Dunno why, might be irrational from me, but feels kinda bad.

Well since she believed that Nana had a good shot at getting with Aya she probably thought they would get together without her needing to intervene. Now that there is a percieved obstacle to that relationship forming she realizes that she needs to help

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This manga may not be "good" or "well written" but here I am, having read every currently released chapter and that much worse for it

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God I just love stories about toxic relationships and terrible tumultuous emotions

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We're in so deep that there aren't many options other than double suicide narratively-speaking. Hina is downright irredeemable at this point and even if you forgive Ai for how shitty she was now that she is being "punished", she's been so broken down psychologically that I can't imagine her properly re-integrating into society

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Feels like we're drifting into wholesome territory and I don't know how I feel about that. On the one hand it's super cute and I want them both to be happy. On the other hand they're so toxic that I need to see their relationship go up in flames