For some reason I never realized there was more than the Prequel and I have to say this took an unexpexted turn for me.
The story is irritating in a good way - like @themusicman500 said, this can (and does) definitely happen to people who don't really think much of themselves. When you're like that it's really hard to believe that anyone could actually like you, so I see why MC went with the one who put it more clearly to her. Hopefully she'll soon get over her insecurity and realize what's going on.
I gotta say I've fallen in love with this protag, she's the fucking cliche / trope destroyer. I feel like in every chapter when drama happens, she just doesn't give a shit and pushes through. When time I get worried she might run away and get into an emotional crisis like every other MC she just runs up to her edgy waifu and smacks some sense into her.
Bless Ena and bless you for this beautiful comment
I like to interpret this not only as a critique of heteronormativity, but also as a slap to forced drama based on poor communication, which are both very common themes in all romance manga as far as I can tell.
If it wasn't for the rushed and badly thought out resolution (with regards to poor Masato mostly) I'd say this was a very good story.
Yamanaka may be (have been?) an ass, but frankly I'm fine with that. Why? 'Cause Taneda seems to be perfectly aware of this and to have her priorities in order: just like she said, she could have thrown herself at Yamanaka and not be rejected anytime she wanted, but she knows she wants to be desired for her to be fine.
I really like characters that know what they're about and are aware of what will and will not satisfy them, and Taneda is certainly one of them: she's been honest with her boyfriend, but most importantly, she's being honest with herself. And that's great imo.
I'm super happy with the writing in this: it's so refreshing to see yuri characters truly understand and consequently communicate with each other. Plus, Yuu is showing an impressive understanding of her own needs as well as Touko's: not only she denies the kiss because it won't solve Touko's deeper problems, but she also did it out of self respect.
Although I like the genre even as is, I think it's wonderful to see how yuri explore more complex emotions and problems than just the 'standard' ones. Point is, I love this series and I hope it inspires many more interesting ones to come.