Uh what. As someone who grew up on Card Captor Sakura, I think Sakura x Syaoran is a perfectly good couple, and while yes Sakura x Tomoyo could have been beautiful, I think they're fine as is. Tomoyo herself was fine and content with her one-sided love, why are you being bitter about it?
Umpteenth iteration of the old tired homophobic pattern: girl A loves girl B, never asks her out, girl B finds bf, girl A decides that as long as girl B is happy she is happy too and sublimates her romantic love into platonic sisterhood.
Even the useless lesbians of today are better than these antigay caricatures.
Also this is not "80s shoujo style". This, this and this are what called 80s shoujo style, and this manga art is not it.
This and this.
There were many styles in the 80s and 90s, unlike today when, as somebody said before, moeblob style has swallowed everything.
Well. Chapter 10 went with full old fashioned, no-irony corn.
Oh I dunno about no-irony, GuGu's entry was hilarious. The team was losing badly and they were heatedly discussing how to revert the situation and then suddeny the gym door was slammed open with a BAM that made everybody jump... and anyone who is genre savvy would expect such a scene to announce the appearance of the hero of the story who has arrived late but is now going to win the game for the main characters... but it was just some random fangirl who then started jumping and cheering for her favorite player. It made me lmao so hard. XD
Author-san: "A pure love between a slightly unhealthy couple, what do you think?"
Me: Please proceed, full speed ahead.
The covers, especially the one in the first issue, fooled me so bad.
I thought I had it figured out: the red haired gyaru was the dangerous one, the "forbidden girl" who does non licet things and is a perfect delinquent, and she would snare the other girl into a taboo relationship.
I am realizing only now that the dangerous one is the other one, lmao.
@botmj I couldn't help but notice your Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro avatar. I'd read that manga, but it was never licensed where I live (and buying the US version is too expensive for me) and I don't think it was ever scanlated.
NO WE'RE NOT GFS WE'RE NOT GAYS HAHA THE VERY IDEA WE'RE JUST FRIENDS!
I hate when this happens.
Show some guts and come out proud, geez.
To clarify, the term Nikaidou uses in ch93 is "tottemo nakayoshi na kankei" (ie. "friendly" as in "close", not explicitly "we're friends"). Basically, it hits the perfect middle ground of describing how close they are while still leaving it vague enough for Ranbara to misunderstand.
That makes sense. And Kageko being the adorable ball of shyness and dorkiness she is, she no doubt prefers to keep her relationships private (as in, it would be mega embarrassing for her to let people know she's dating someone) so she's grateful that Sakurako gave a nonspecific answer that doesn't tell any lie or falsehood but keeps the issue vague.