Also, like Misora, I didn't really understand my gender dysphoria when I was around their age, and it was only until later that I realized that I wanted to be a girl. But regardless, I would avoid trying to label Misora as one thing or another, because we don't really know how they identify.
This is just my interpretation, but I think Anonymous is supposed to represent the limits of our ability to understand other people. The point isn't that we have to totally understand everything about everyone, we just have to be able to accept them even if we don't understand them, and not try to force them to be something else. And as shown with Misora and Touma, a lot of the time people don't even really understand themselves. I think that this is a super important theme of this manga, and a really good point to make today when LGBT acceptance is increasing. Some people (e.g. Touma's dad) are just homophobic, but Koyama is an example of a character who wants to support queer people but tries too hard to inject herself into other people's lives. While outright homophobia and transphobia is obviously wrong, a certain kind of misguided progressive attitude can also lead people to treat queer people like trophies. Anonymous doesn't just represent an asexual or agender person, but in a way kind of represents all queer people: she defies others' abilities to try and fit her into a category for their own comfort, but if you accept that, she can be a great friend.
I'm not suggesting that you should never try to understand people. I just think that the pressure to understand people and the pressure to fit an identity can both lead to the exact opposite of their desired outcome. But yeah, I don't really get the whole flying thing.
I just want to say that this is probably my new favorite manga. I've been through a lot over the last year as I've transitioned to living as female, and sometimes it can be really isolating and depressing. This manga puts a lot of my feelings into words in a way that I couldn't have myself. I think it really gets to the heart of the experience of being a queer person, and while I think it probably resonates the most with queer people, I also think it communicates that experience in a tangible way to a non-queer audience as well. Not to mention that the art is just absolutely fantastic. Please recommend this so that more people know about it.
As someone who was friends with a lot of male otakus in high school, I can tell you that there are definitely people who take it way too far. I mean, it's true that a percentage of any given fanbase will include creepy guys, but there have been many instances where someone crossed a line. (For instance, opening up to a guy about liking yuri leading to him hitting on me in a creepy and uncomfortable way.)
Regardless, this seems cute. I'm interested to see where it goes.
I'm really loving this so far. Since it hasn't really been mentioned yet, I wanted to touch on the fact that Tsucchi is a great audience stand-in character. She's adorable, but her personality is uncomfortably close to my own feelings about yuri. Plus there's like never realistically overweight characters in manga.
What differentiates this series from so many other similar but worse stories is that the lesbian relationship isn't the point. The story is really about the main character and her growth as a person, not only in the maturation of her views on sexuality, but also becoming more self-aware and positive in her outlook towards others. The fact that they don't end up together is a reflection of reality - queer people don't have the luxury of assuming that their attraction will be requited - but it's also not a tragic outcome, since the protagonist knows that she will be able to learn from her experience and become a better person. This is probably one of my all-time favorites for these reasons. I've been constantly rereading it and it gets better every time. I would love an adaptation of some kind, even though that's not very likely.
I see a lot of people complaining about the length of this series, but personally I far prefer a concise story with a satisfying conclusion to the innumerable manga which drag on forever and don't pay off. This isn't an extraordinary manga, but it does defeat a lot of the fatal tropes of yuri by having an explicit, straightforward leadup and confession without an inordinate amount of unnecessary drama. And for that, I think it deserves praise.