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Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

I really don't like the position Shiho currently is in this relationship. It does makes sense for Aki to not have romantic feelings for her yet, so I can't complain about that, but I don't think anyone deserves to be with someone in the hope that maybe one day their love will be repaid.

I think it kinda works because Aki truly is trying to view Shiho romantically, which would be good for both of them. It's a very down-to-earth approach of building a romantic relationship, rather than the common manga versions of love at first sight and/or romance just happens.

The current situation is not ideal (in the literal sense of the term), but with Shiho unable to give up her feelings for Aki, and Aki who doesn't want to be apart from Shiho (both things that have been present in the story since long before their arc), their choice to meet in the middle makes sense, with Shiho accepting to wait and stay with Aki patiently despite her feelings not getting returned so that they can truly be together later, while Aki gets to be with Shiho but tries to get used to more a more romantic relationship.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Now that your true colors... of a caring, supportive maiden in love and reliable fiancée... have finally bled through, I will drag your foul nature out in the open, witch.

I have no idea why he hates Evris, though he did have a son with a darkness magic affinity, maybe it's related.

I'm curious whether it will end in a "I was wrong, welcome to the family" type of resolution, or a "I wasn't wroooong" while falling in a bottomless hole one.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

That was a surprisingly smart move. Since this won't discourage Yu Dingdang, I'm curious what she will do now that she has an "explanation".

Ming Wei's eyes look so dead in the presence of the empress dowager, oof. Who's a lot more evil that she looked at first mostly because she doesn't recognize that the current pairings are best.

P.S.: that blush from the "emperor" is adorable. One more victory for her wife.

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Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Is that a new cover ? It's criminally cute.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Well, future mother-in-law definitely gives a lot of mad scientist vibes. Either way, mad or not, that's good science.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

It's long gone beyond the superficial crush she had, there's some real commitment on her mind. And Mitsuki finally starts getting that into her head.

I guess it is somewhat funny that we went from a crush from shared interest to aiming for true commitment and just skipped the "getting together" part between the two. But it also shows that they both are looking into a possible relationship and how it writes into the other parts of their lives, making efforts to make things work from the get-go (with Joe and Kanna being examples of why figuring those things out matters).

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Don't tell me it's going to be foursome thing...

Unlikely, I'm counting six women.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Ah, yes, Rutou caught on Wamura's dastardly plan to be called by her first name... and counter-attacked with a little sister act. Truly, a battle of the minds for the ages.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

If it wasn't for the fact that it came as such a surprise, Miho and Seo turning into psychopaths and watching Satsuki from afar in a kind of battle between villains would be quite exciting.

I mean, this looks awesome.

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Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

I don't think it should even seem remotely tolerable at all. Making the guy this completely disgusting conveys the message that what is expected of Ciel is completely disgusting.

If things had gone otherwise and someone reading it arrives at the conclusion "it's not as bad as if the guy was disgusting", that would have been a failure from both the author and the reader. It doesn't matter that the guy is nice or not, she should equally not be required to go through this.

Arguably the guy could be less cartoonishly evil (the MagiRevo example of handling this situation comes to mind), but I don't think it would make a meaningful difference, because this isn't cartoonish enough to be unrealistic.

Bielna
Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

If the line "Like we'd ever fight" turns out to be a jinx, that might not be a bad thing. Kase's behavior has been calling for a fight for a while and she's taking many things for granted, while Yamada's consistent refusal to voice her thoughts is also a source of problems. So them fighting for those things once and for all and setting things right might be a good way to clean things up.

This arc was a good example. The issue isn't "just" with Kase and Fukami' behavior, it's how everyone accepted and normalized their actions and didn't take a step back, look at things in a new light, then go talk to them and tell them their actions aren't right.

Of course, the alternative is to pretend the drama didn't happen, Kase and Yamada would never fight, and they'll live together and everything will be fluffy in the future. I'm not gonna pretend I would mind that.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

So that makes both daughters who have left the house and are living on their own (or rather, with their girlfriends) for good, thus giving the middle finger to their toxic parents. Excellent.

Bielna
Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

I understand much better now what you and I are feeling.

X Doubt

I think Matataki understands better than Yuu.

Bielna
Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Fukami, realizing that Kase was willing to bet her moving in with her girlfriend on their race, realizes that she dodged a bullet. She'll find someone else.

Or something. Not much self-reflection over the events of this arc, at least Kase telling someone that Yamada is her girlfriend is a nice step. Now she'd better be extra cute and caring to reward Yamada's patience >:-)

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Definitely that, but for me also that, even though I’m by no means shy about commenting on stories, I don’t really have much to say about this except, “It’s good, I’m enjoying it, and I’m interested in what’s going to happen. And I like the art, too.”

Also "those end of chapters fluffy chibi are adorable".

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

The duke's been rather inflexible before, so things might be easier with this kid.

Oof. Might have been true if Yvonne had actually been a kid... but here, they managed to get blasted with wind powers instead. As least that does count as "different", I guess.

Not that those assholes didn't deserve that or worse.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

TIL that the author is the same as for Childhood Sweetheart Liaoliao. I should pay more attention.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

So, why was Ming Wei there ? Looks like those two are plenty ready to keep an eye on each other.

Love it, two couple's worth of comedy to look forward to, plus the shenanigans between Qi Nian / Tan Tailan and Yu Dingdang / Ming Wei.

My guess is that "FINE, I'll marry somebody, now stop bothering me about it!" was the entire extent of the plan.

She didn't even think of how to get through the first night, and had to improvise. I wonder how long that girl will manage to keep her crafty empress in the dark.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

I'm quite happy with the pacing, heck, I wouldn't even mind a bit more. I hate these kind of story arcs -- I understand their relevance and importance, and the conclusion of this kind of plot is a satisfaction, but that doesn't mean I don't feel like shit after every chapter until we reach said conclusion.

Introducing an issue and solving it quickly, preferably in the same chapter, is something I often find valuable. Doubly so when the outcome is predictable.

Also, I love that final page and Ciel's mix of blushing, tears and relief.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Dunno how it will end but I'm greatly enjoying the closeness Lapis and Diana are showing now. Far cry from the frustrating earlier chapters where they were both obsessing over Natori.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

The pair's moral bar lowers. Little sis' IQ lowers. Yanagi's self-respect lowers. Comedy soars.

Meanwhile, Momo keeps blindly scoring critical hits.

Bielna
Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Guess that ending connects well to the comment above about how Mu Xiaoen is waiting and taking her chance, not solving problems for others. Since this story doesn't really do pulled-out-of-a-hat resolutions handed on a silver platter, Shi Xingyuan will have to solve her past issues by herself.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Wait, what does Ren Xing has to do with this ? Looks like Gu Yi got a few wrong ideas.

Not that Liaoliao has made things clear so far, though.

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Also agree with the other comments that this arc feels weird and a very forced attempt to make us sympathize with Prez despite there being no justification at all, in addition to Seo's turn being literally out of nowhere apparently just to give them a justification which was never present in the manga so far.

It's also completely ignoring the content of volume 6 and going in a completely different direction with no acknowledgement of it whatsoever.

Maybe the author is planning to pull a reversal of the recent events. Or they didn't know where to go in terms of content and wanted to change and spice things up, even though it made no sense with what had happened before. Anyway, this volume has been fairly disappointing. We'll see what the remaining chapters have to offer...

Couple_under_the_stars
joined Nov 7, 2022

Ho, hey vice prez. Thanks for reminding me that the other half of the stupid murderous duo is still around, I'd actually forgotten.