Like I really don't like to post negatively and certainly am not trying to dunk on the author, but... the more I think about it the more I'm just kinda appalled, in a bad way.
Let's take a step back on all this: first liz is a teenager AND an idol, she is completely in a different world and has totally illogical and selfish reactions.
What you've described, very reasonably, is a rise-and-fall redemption arc. That may be what the author is going for, and is attempting to execute.
But one key to the artistic/narrative success of such an arc is that the audience needs to be invested enough in the character despite their flaws and missteps to want to see that redemption happen. (With the same artist here also as writer, the series Kimi Koi Limit is full of very imperfect characters, but that story basically works in the terms it establishes.)
If, on the other hand, the audience would prefer to see your tragic character hit by bus rather than redeemed, your story has gone badly astray along the way
This is, basically, the problem I've had from the start. Liz is not only unlikeable, she doesn't even feel like she's putting in that much effort to be redeemable. And Maki herself is so woefully passive that rather than cheering for her happiness, I'm instead screaming internally at the pages for her to do... something.
Maki almost did something, only for Liz herself to intervene, and instead of going after the girl that literally just came out of her shell in front of her for a brief moment, says "nah," and in the next scene is going on like that didn't happen, and then gets rewarded for it (oh I can have this relationship in public?).
And that's after all the crap she already put Maki through... are we supposed to cheer for them?
Maki, meanwhile, just feels like a complete doormat at this point. Passive is one thing but... wow. She's cheated on you twice, and that's after she physically assaulted you before for giving her a gift, wtf.
And to that point:
What have Maki done to deserve this?
Well, for once, she's way too passive. That doesn't mean she deserves this, but it does explain why she keeps getting shat on.
The whole series went south when Liz slapped Maki in the face for giving her a birthday present, and Maki proceeded to apologize.
Granted, an interesting series could have been written around such twisted and perverse characters. But this has not been that series.
I won't be surprised if when they inevitably do reconcile (because clearly they will), Liz slaps her again and berates her for "letting her cheat" or something equally silly. To which.... Maki apologizes.
What are you doing step-sis? Surely there were better ways of ending that conversation other than getting on top of a minor with your hand covering their mouth with? And that serial killer look. It legit changed genres for a few pages.
Part of me legit thought she was about to smother her. Like I knew she wouldn’t, but damn it was so sudden, and that look on her face... took a sharp left turn lol
Well, this series has defied tropes before, it's entirely possible that it'll surprise us again after this cliffhanger. Similarly possible it won't, though.
Sadly this looks like it is going to do exactly what I assumed it would. I get why to an extent, but it is frustrating to read.
And yet, if I’m completely honest... I can’t say I wouldn’t have it turn out in a similar way.
And the author has pretty much established the pattern going forward: each Amalreiks member has a tragic past they can’t escape, and doing so means a very likely death. No face turn without immediate consequence.
If the author does somehow defy that here, I’d honestly be (pleasantly) shocked.
It certainly is not to this dramatic of a level, but... I can relate. Feeling like you’re not worthy of someone because “no way they’d ever even talk to me...” as someone with enormous confidence issues that basically lived with that mindset all through high school, I can see how that could turn into worship at that time in one’s life. It’s unhealthy for sure, and I really am interested to see how Fujishiro helps her past this, if she does.
After all, Fujishiro is trying to navigate her own problems. But they really have to work through that , because if they don’t... yeah it’s doomed to be really toxic and probably not last long.
It’s definitely infinitely better than the characters never talking or communicating at all for like 50 chapters just to build artificial drama - my pet peeve lol.
I wish that the story made more build up for the abusive mother instead of just having her appear.
yes i agree, i don't disapprove the appearence of her mother, because it can explain why sora is the way she is, due to parental abuse, but the author could have worked with that through the chapters, not slamming in just one chapter in our faces like that
Agreed, that's my issue with her, she's just so sudden. Fairly realistic, sure; but in the context of the story, she just feels... conveniently inconvenient lol.