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Mama Mama discussion 28 Sep 02:34
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If the wives were perfectly happy in their lives with their husbands, one of them would not have been moved to tears while commenting "This is happiness, isn't it?" based on their mutual domestic intimacy. Not to mention the pervasive Japanese stereotype of sexless, emotionless marriages which is practically invoked automatically by any mention of the role/occupation, "housewife". You have to be truly clueless to not be able to see that this story is playing with the 'unsatisfying Japanese marriage' theme.

This isn't to say that saddling a seemingly wonderful, perfect picture of lesbian domestic bliss with that is particularly novel. Rather, the depiction of a fantasy of gay domestic happiness set in modern Japan was pretty hollow material in the first place. I don't particularly mean to make the case that the message of this piece was well-conceived or executed, but that's a different thing from not even grasping the message in the first place.

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Akaga Manga discussion 27 Sep 03:24
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Mosquito saliva isn't actually poisonous or anything, it just generates an allergic reaction due to its contact with your blood stream (the proteins and stuff). Same way your immune system tries to fight off anything foreign in your system. I'm pretty sure your body wouldn't have any problem digesting it.

Which does beg the question, I wonder if sucking the mosquito saliva wouldn't actually work? I think the primary obstacles would be: 1) it's usually too late by the time you notice (the inflammatory response has already started/the wound by the mosquito has already closed up), and 2) you couldn't suck up all of the saliva in the first place so the reaction would happen anyway. I'm not that familiar with medicine/human immune systems but a third issue might be that even if someone sucks up the mosquito saliva, since another human's saliva is still just as much of a foreign substance anyway you'd still have an allergic reaction just the same.

Anyway, as for the manga itself, haha yeah I really love Nekomura's Akaga. On the one hand, Kaga's just so in love with Akagi that these kind of teases are freakin' amazing. I dunno whether to be jealous or feel sorry for her, lol.

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New chapter of Tomodachi Login seems to have been overlooked? In the same release post as Murcielago 12, here: http://cxcscans.com/?p=47

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That'd be like, impossible... this series does need more Chiaki-chan though. MOAR Chiaki!1!!

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Haha, this is one of the most epic doujins ever, though. I read it before it showed up on this site, but it's still awesome.

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The question really is did she back out because it was overwhelming, or because she wasn't a lesbian or bi in the first place? The story doesn't make the question clear, although the fact that she kept comparing the older girl to a guy ("boyfriend", looks like a guy, husky voice, sounds like a male singer she likes, etc.) suggests the latter.

Even if Miya was straight prior to meeting sensei, I think this experience probably made her at least bi. The reason I'm pretty impressed with this one-shot is precisely because (and I don't mean this in any derogatory way) of Miya's self-awareness of being a 'brat'.

Like, the thing is that a 14 year old really doesn't have a solid idea of everything that exists in the world or all the possibilities of their life. Jumping into a relationship based just on emotions at that point is a pretty near-sighted thing to do, and a relationship with an older person who was supposed to be your teacher and is even a woman could have even more drastic consequences. A young person who is aware of and accepting of their immaturity (even while taking their feelings and experiences seriously) is something which I admire, 'cause I think that's the most responsible way to go about living that stage of life.

As for the emotions Miya felt themselves, however, they were certainly genuine/non-trivial, which is the key to why I think she'd take the possibility of female-female relationships in the future more seriously. You don't forget your first love, and this was certainly an event Miya will hold onto preciously even if she had to give up on it. The main idea is that realistically, 5 years or so from now, we really have no idea whether Miya and sensei would still be a good fit for each other, what kind of people they will be. However, there's no doubt that this event would've been part of what shaped them both, and in a positive way.

For my part, in any case, I feel pretty positive that most of Miya's relationships in the future would be with girls.

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Anime season 21 Sep 04:33
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I'll pretty much just be looking into the series Hylarn mentioned, plus Mushishi S2 part 2 (and also keeping up with Sailor Moon Crystal and Yama no Susume). Glancing through the charts, though, there was one other title which caught my eye which sounds fucking stupid and looks like it could be a bit of fun: Ore, Twintails ni Narimashita.

Not precisely yuri, 'cause the protagonist is a guy who transforms into a girl. Glancing through the cast it looks like there could also be developments between the other characters, however, so hopefully the show will also have some yuri without the MC.

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You made me a pervert... now I have a fetish for the "very large size gap" (since when I saw them putting the nipples and clit inside XD)

Ahaha...you're welcome, ;P.

Incidentally, there were two other scripts I put out by the same author (notably less rapey, if that counts for anything) about the same time that this got translated... an anon on /u/ has stated that they'll be (very eventually) working on them, but if there were any other editors interested in working on them that'd be a big help. I was planning on taking these scripts over to Yuri Project eventually but I've been pretty busy recently and I'd like to work on some sfw projects with them before going back to porn.

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what do you like more: marisa x reimu or marisa x alice? (I guess I choose both XD)

AliMari tends to make for cute or sweet little works, but there's something about ReiMari which sinks deep into the heart (for me anyway). ReiMari gives off an image for me of years (a lifetime, really) spent together; a casual companionship which, in spite of their differing personalities, makes it simply natural for the other to always be there.

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I'm A Fool discussion 15 Sep 14:40
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Amagakure Gido is really good. And yeah, the cafe name made me miss Hirari too.

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Delete discussion 15 Sep 11:27
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I do get the feeling that people posing like this is an objectively 'bad' story are mad. The question of a doujin's quality isn't as simple as "this character is OOC, burn it." I wonder at the fact that all of you take Homura's "It was all you" comment at face value in the first place. The fact is, we know Homu is fucked up. We also know that her world is likely to be fucked up too. The premise of this doujin seems to be that Homu lets PMs' soul gems degenerate to the point of witchery before feeding them to QB (presumably for the sake of energy to maintain the happiness of Madoka's world). Under such circumstances, where the state of Sayaka's soul gem naturally deteriorated, her behaviour wasn't OOC at all.

You could say that the story's themes are unpleasant, or that the portrayal of Homura's character is pessimistic. However, it was the original series which 'went there' and put out those themes in the first place. Do I prefer stories where Homura's love doesn't end up hurting every last person except Madoka? Sure. But some of you need to suck it up and accept that some stories with endings which are not all rainbows and unicorns do exist and are legit.

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and she said she did it out of loneliness, but i dont really get that feeling... at all really. i mean she starts off by saying that you only do that kind of thing with someone you love, and then post sex (or whatever that was) she seemed pretty sad that megu was leaving (and that smile/blush when megu hugged her). bottom line, i don't get the loneliness thing, i mean i could see that being a contributing factor but the sole reason?

It wasn't the sex which Youko was talking about (doing out of loneliness). It was feeding her, taking her out, and basically keeping her around in the present world as a companion. After realizing how helpless Megu was over here (and that she was using her to deal with her own loneliness), Youko decided to give Megu what she needed so she could return to her own world. Essentially, Youko kept Megu around out of loneliness, but had sex with her out of altruism/love.

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That doesn't make sense 'cause it wouldn't actually show up in marriage searches. This whole spoiler issue in general seems kinda like a pain, I vote that we see if its possible to implement a 'spoilered' tag feature which only reveals the tag if a user clicks on it.

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Canon Touhou ftw. I can just feel Zun's yurifag spirit lurking in the murky subtext depths behind the presentation of Akyu and Kosuzu. It's not interesting enough to catch on with the mainstream of the doujin scene/secondary market, but it's moe enough for me.

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Your Fault discussion 10 Sep 14:04
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Oh my fuck. Another fucking NTR series. GFDI. There is a weirdly large amount of people in Japan, who have a pretty low view of lesbians, aren't there?

I'm not sure how you connected those dots. The bulk of NTR content is from straight H-manga scenarios. If I had to say NTR is a "low view" of women in general regardless of sexuality. Because they are "easily" seduced.

Haha. Call me twisted, but from my perspective most (het) NTR comes off as a low view on men (the protagonists). The core tragic flaw which basically makes up the essence of NTR is the protagonist's mistake in putting their lover/object of love on a pedestal. By ignoring/not noticing their partner's sexual/romantic/emotional desires, essentially by failing to recognize their partner as fully human, the protagonist loses them to someone else. I do find it difficult to enjoy every NTR out there because some of them are simply too degrading of women in the stereotypical pornish way for my taste, but I consider it a decently entertaining genre in general in no small part thanks to the butthurt it can generate in audiences, especially for het works.

In any case, regarding this piece in particular: I like Kuzushiro's works in general, and I like this one just on principal because I think it's dumb to get butthurt over NTR, but I have to admit that the fact that Kuzushiro is a dude does come through a bit too clearly in the work. The sex in this was reasonably delicious but as far as pure eroticism in yuri goes I think plain old cheating has more appeal than all the baggage that comes with NTR. NTR is basically the poor man's tragedy (in the ancient Greek sense) for fuckups who have had their heads rotten by porn. Essentially, I'd have to say that Kuzushiro had to have been a guy to even have thought of making this work. Not particularly what I'm looking for in yuri. On the other hand, though, this piece is still pretty great just 'cause it's (finally) a non-subtext work from Kuzushiro. I could comfortably describe Kimi no tame nara shineru as one of my freakin' favourite yuri series, but the fact that (as far as I can tell) Shonagon and Hime never got their pedo on remains one of my great disappointments.

Anyway, back to the exposition about the point of NTR (and why that's what this story is). Like the title suggests, the focal point of catharsis in NTR is the realization that 'everything' (the bad emotions the protagonist feels) is "your (the protagonist's) fault'. As far as the 'betrayal' of the protagonist's lover goes, 'you' were complacent in noticing what they truly desired, 'you' were the one who placed them on a pedestal, 'you' failed to understand/accept/connect with them on a human (given that it's porn, portrayed in the lowest animal sense) level. Your Apollonian ideal crumbled beneath the waves of Dyonesian chaos. The despair of the realization that you were the spur to your own destruction, the regret towards the tameless, boundless imperfection/unknowability of the universe, birth a carthartic response towards the world. In the context of the story, Ayaka and Kanako had been gradually developing a non-platonic relationship. Due to Ayaka's continued treatment of Kanako as a child/little sister, Kanako developed a desire to be perceived more maturely (i.e. as a proper lover). Raising the issue with her senpai after feeling like she was getting nowhere with Ayaka, Kanako discovered unexpectedly that her senpai could give her both the sense of maturity she wanted and more ;P. Ayaka then discovers to her shock that Kanako is really more mature than she had ever imagined, while Kanako revels in her childish behaviour around Ayaka out of petty revenge and superiority for Ayaka's original failure. Whether from Kanako's perspective or Ayaka's own, the story is an excoriation of Ayaka's tragic flaw, a chorus of "your fault". The tragic execution of the story is pretty decent, just a shame that it's fettered by the sexed up frame of NTR.

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I frickin' love Karaage's Patchouli. Their usual stuff is great too, but their Patchouli is just too damned cute.

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As yuri games go, I suppose Demon Master Chris is pretty relevant. It's a party-based dungeon crawler-type RPG where you have to capture the (female) monsters by stripping them; I found the battle system/story engaging enough, to 100% the thing over a week or so anyway; though I'd say the best way to go about playing it is probably to use Cheat Engine to give yourself infinite money at some point to spend on the clothing system.

In case anybody is interested, there was a good discussion thread here on /u/. You can also find a strategy guide and link to a general discussion thread (from before the game got translated to English) [here](ulmf.org/bbs/showpost.php?p=481831&postcount=75).

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Akakaga are brilliant, and this doujin too. So damn good.

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Melty Kiss discussion 23 Aug 20:50
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Jesus. Yeah I'll give this one props.

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I'm pretty fond of this one, cool that it's shown up here.

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Haru suddenly trying to kiss Riko actually surprised me, kinda came outta nowhere... Like no build up (IIRC) from her side - her feelings - it is just suddenly happening...

That's one of the things I like best about Haru's character, her apparent self-consciousness and the subdued/extremely low-key way she's been competing with Akane's overt fangirlism. I was really wondering how she'd act/react after Riko's hugging scene with Akane earlier.

In the context of Haru's buried/very subtle feelings for Riko, her forceful/genki everyday personality becomes an interesting weapon. Maybe you could say it's cliche to base expectations for a story based on its title, but I've basically been reading Haru this way from after the very first chapters.

This chapter was goddamned adorable with Haru's reaction after Riko woke up unexpectedly, but I'll say that I'm glad that the story hasn't reached the point of resolved/explicit romantic relationships just yet. Seeing all the ways Haru tries/even manages to keep a straight face while Akane is all over Riko is admittedly pretty entertaining. I've posted with an obvious bias towards Haru in this thread before, but I suppose part of it is because I've invested in what I see as this underdog situation of hers.

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Ritz discussion 18 Aug 04:29
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As a pretty hardcore Saki fan, the first chapter was probably the least great/amusing to me, because the actual backstory/premise about "Ritz searching for her father" is something I had never heard about/seen evidence for and I still find unbelievable even now (which, if it's fake, makes the foundation of this spinoff somewhat awkward...It takes the work of Ritz, a normal lesbian mangaka who enjoys making manga about little girls in lewd outfits and big boobs, and imposes some sort of father-centric backstory on it while placing the father as one of the heads of the more traditional mahjong manga (i.e. manly mahjong manga) establishments...). As a standalone piece it's actually kind of awkward, and not something I enjoyed as much as I actually expected to back when I first read it as a Saki fan.

On the other hand, the later chapters in the series (i.e. Ritz getting an injury while visiting Nara for materials-gathering and needing to be hospitalized, recruiting Igarashi Aguri for the Achiga spin-off series, or preparing six-months of storyboards in advance for the first anime) are things that actually happened and pretty familiar to the fanbase due to their effects on the manga's serialization. Once you get the motivation out of the way, it's also pretty amusing to see Ritz being portrayed as such a badass character. So I like the later chapters much better, and it's pretty much for that reason that I hope to see the side-series continue; although the existence of this series itself can sort of be seen as a tribute to what a big splash Saki made in the mahjong manga world.

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thank god i read the comments so im not surprised at what happens next

You mean "will not read what happens next", right? Because that's my plan.

oh no i'll still read it, sounds too interesting to not read

Well, the thing is that the chapter everyone's posting spoilers of has already been scanlated (one of the first things Binbou did apparently), it just won't be uploaded here. On the other hand, though I don't remember the chapter itself too well, I do think it's pretty neat that it's apparently attached to these earlier chapters as part of an extended narrative.

Presumably Binbou will put out the remaining two parts of this series at some point as well. I'll be looking forward to them!

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Ritz discussion 17 Aug 18:40
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I somehow remember reading this latest chapter before (like months ago, which is kinda weird), but not the concluding portion referencing Ritz being 'destroyed' by overwork from too many projects. Even though this is supposed to be a fictional biography, that last part strangely sounds all too real. After all, Ritz's notorious tendency to take breaks on the main Saki manga has been around forever, and her tendency to overwork (writing gigantic scripts for Igarashi every month for the spinoff mangas, or plotting her manga storyboards over six months ahead for the anime adaptations) as well.

Incidentally, I notice the first three chapters of Oowada Hideki's Legend of Koizumi are on here. Presumably that's from back when Xamayon/XLG Scans were still active. The series has been scanlated up to ch. 72 by various scanlators, and is a pretty damned good satire/parody/comedy even aside from the mahjong, so it'd be pretty neat to see more recent chapters up.

I still can't get over the fact that Ritz's biographical manga is part of Saki's officially approved spinoffs, and is even being distributed as a special with the BDs. Too fucking awesome/funny, lol.

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Wow, I think I must have missed this back when it got released. Don't remember reading most of it in any case. It was really good though, I love the thought and feeling the author put into the characters. Also, I ship Ako x Sera much more than Ako x Shizu too, so that was neat.