Too beautiful for words... but also too sad. I liked how it started out as if it was an unrequited love story about Umi -> Ryou, but turned out to Ryou -> Umi instead. Then again it might've been mutual but unexpressed, and just died on the path to the marriage meeting. T_T
I started this thinking it'd be the same as every other tragic graduation story, but it was much better than that! The idea of the sakura living on dead dreams is a good one. Looking forward to more of this creator's work!
Great start to a series, I'm really looking forward to more! Developing a relationship through shared experiences sounds way better than the usual melodrama-and-misunderstanding-filled plots we get over here...
Despite the slightly bully-like overtones, I did enjoy this one! Get the feeling that there aren't actually terribly many things with an Akuma Homura who's not secretly a dork, so this was quite refreshing.
Although the ending appears to be happier, the problem really hasn't been fixed at all... I feel really bad for Jun; at this rate she's never going to be able to break up with her married girlfriend even though that would be best for her. Pretty depressing stuff, but it feels realistic.
Though predictable, I thought the possible back-story was pretty interesting - I take it that this society is supposed to make you think of Amazons? There have been people who think the Amazons might have been lesbians, but since they didn't die out all that quickly men must have been involved somehow, so this story makes a pretty good point that they probably wouldn't have wanted their members to be lesbians so as to avoid later problems with procreative activities. That's kind of depressing though...
Also, what's up with the recent Yuri Hime covers? Guns, guns, guns... I mean, the art is pretty but YH isn't really Shounen, is it?
It's because during 2011 or so, Yuri Hime was doing a short story? series called "Justice for Girls" - basically girl-with-gun yuri - with each entry accompanied by an illustration which would become the cover of that volume. I believe it's been collected into a book recently.
I personally think the illustrations are really pretty...
Also, is it just me who's completely at sea with all the male characters? There seem to be so many who look sort of similar, and I'm not used to Korean names so it's difficult to differentiate them in that respect too (though that's my fault)... Would be hilarious if they were all gay like the credits pages suggest. XD
The animal representations are cute. ^^
Art style wasn't what I was expecting from something about idols either, which is nice.
Sana's character feels different.
I get that feeling Maru's character is more different, actually... Like in the second chapter she's much more timid and kind, while in the first she feels more confident and superior. Maybe it's because they're focusing on different parts, though.
How many chapters are there of this? I'd like to see more of their interaction so hopefully there's more than only one left...