Definitely. It's a pretty common thing to have a female side-character as a stand-in for the author in BL, and having said character help in resolving the MC's troubles adds to the author's feeling of "Yas! I am creating TRU LAV!"
....but I digress. I really liked Tanabe-san! While a lot of gay people hate being represented by the works of people of the opposite gender, because of their tendency to fetishize them, I just can't bring myself to dislike this story. Hayasaka-kun is clearly not transgender, yet he chooses to dress like a woman in everyday life because that sort of dynamic is important to his relationship with Yasuda-san. Usually, I would scream about how they're mixing up gay and trans identities, but here? It works just fine.
I just can't help but feel so goddamned happy for the main characters ;__;
Honestly, anyone saying that Kotooka is being "selfish" is just plain wrong, and objectively so. She's misguided, definitely, but not selfish. Nothing she's ever done has been for her own sake. In fact, it's almost always been detrimental to it. Her wanting herself and her friends to be "normal" is just straight up a Japanese self-sacrificial stereotype at this point. She's convinced that the road to happiness for herself and her friends is for them to be normal in society's eyes. She's like a parent who is convinced that they know what's best for their child, even when it goes against the child's own wants and preferences. Everyone thinks that their way is the best way.
Honestly, this whole love triangle seems like a friggin' paradox at this point; if one of them gets what they want, then the others end up miserable. If none of them end up getting what they want, then they end up miserable. Or, as Kootoka seems to think; if none of them gets what they want, then they'll all be miserable together for a while, but at least they'll manage to keep a little happiness in the form of their friendship. Like I said, misguided as fuck, but in no way selfish.
I think Kotooka somehow, ALMOST realized how silly she was being trying to justify pushing Asakura onto Shiratori. She wants to remain friends, because she doesn't want to ruin what they have right now. When Asakura uses the exact same excuse, she gets pissed and frustrated because any sort of rebuttal would be a rebuttal against her own excuse! The struggle is real! xD
Aaaaaaand I've now read through this once again for the umpteenth time since I first found it. Seriously though, I hate the kind of "tough love"-philosophy that's so prevalent in a lot of manga with severely depressed main characters, but I can't stop myself from reading them because they're so relatable. Here's hoping for a little less aggressive forms of "support" in future chapters D:
I'm not usually one for polygami but jeebus crust do I want this manga to go down that route. The alternative is just too depressing. If the girls don't end up in a poly-relationship with each other, then the BEST case scenario is Shiratori ending up with Washio and Kotooka actually finding a guy she can "fall in love with", which would be way too in line with so many awful yuri stories wherein a character eventually finds a guy and just waves away her feelings for women in a "it was just a phase lol"-kind of way, a trope which pisses me off to no end! >.< I know bisexuals exist but I have yet to read a manga that portrays them in either a realistic or positive way.
and thus after that declaration Kase proceeded to fall in love with somebody else and yamada becomes a yankee with trust issues and eventually opens up to the rivaling female gang leader and they lives happily ever after. trashing their rivals into oblivion.
Oh my god, I can just imagine Yamada in an oversized gakuran with a giant cap and a piece of straw in her mouth, Mako-style...
...thinking about it, Yamada is REALLY similar to Mako from Kill la Kill, appearance-wise O.o