I'm gonna be extremely happy if a good chunk of the drama will be about Akira being pissed in that boyish, entitled way. It's certainly a much more interesting, realistic way to create conflict than the usual misunderstanding. I mean, it still is fundamentally, but it crosses into the total incomprehension that surrounds polyamory irl. Anger might be the least explored emotion in yuri as of yet, so this shall be a blast
Really makes you glad those two met, even though it really would've been better if things had been way different... you can only be brutally honest in life, since there's nothing you can do to change certain things. And I loooved the ending, it wrapped everything up really well.
This last chapter reminded why I liked this manga so much in the first place (the previous two or three chapters were kinda "meh" for me), so much so that I cried reading the very last page.
After a period of self-found (self-imposed really) balance, Yuu breaks under the pressure of her unreasonable promises and she's back to facing one of the very first themes of the comics: am I able to love? Can I really be part of this game not just as a spectator but as an active member? Does what I feel even count as real love? And so on.
Like, who hasn't felt that way at least once? And this will be particularly true for queer people, but who hasn't held themself back or straight-up repressed their feelings for the sake of peace and quiet? Who hasn't shrugged off their emotions with a "whatever" whenever things turned out just the way you feared? This is the thing that I think makes this comics so much more relatable, and it's by far the theme I want to see explored the most. I really look forward to seeing how Yuu will climb out of this ravine. Keep it together, girl
By Kodama Naoko's standards, this is a sweet and heartwarming story.
In a way, I enjoyed how this story kept us stuck inside Shuuko's head. We really don't know for sure how Kiku feels about the relationship or her future at all; we only know what Shuuko sees, so we share her uncertainty and anxiety.
I agree! Though I also think that's the reason why this story doesn't feel as angsty as some of Kodama's work: it's true that we are uncertain about what Kiku thinks, but at the same time we really have no reason to believe she means to leave Shuuko. That makes me a little more optimistic, at least