I for one am absolutely checking in on the comments every so often to see if this series deviates from the tone set in the first few chapters in a way that would actually make me have any interest in reading it and I definitely appreciate those brave souls who stick around to let me know that no it does not so I can save myself the trouble.
The thing is, sometimes you need to be on the nose so your point will get through to people. Being subtle is fine and all, but not only it can go over some people's head, but others will make a point to ignore the subtlety if the message carried goes against what they want/value.
Just take yuri. When writing such a story in a subtle way, a lot of people will ignore all the hints to assure you that "nope, they're obviously just friends". While an actual kiss will makes it harder to argue against (and yet, some might still find ways to rationalize it to fit their conceptions).
Yes, this is a caricature, overly exagerated, but the underlying point is valid. Women, especially in japan, are still often considered as just there to get married, have kids, then take care of them while the husband go earn money to provide for the whole family. Carrierist women in Japan are too often frowned upon. It's slightly better in western countries, but frankly, there are still ways to go. And the more women tries to fend for themselves, the more they tend to be pushed back.
In all time, satire has been a way to bring to light painful truth that a lot of people would rather see kept to the shadow. To me, it feels that this manga is kinda the same. You have to take it with a grain of salt, as it's exagerated, which is what caricature is, but that doesn't mean the underlying point is moot.
This is a very good post. Plenty of satire is about as subtle as a brick to the head because the point isn't to be subtle the point is to point at a shitty aspect of society and yell "This fucking sucks!" And yeah I'm sure that's annoying if the thing they're yelling about doesn't hurt you personally and you were perfectly happy ignoring it but it's also cathartic for a lot of the people that it does to have that problem recognized and denounced and maybe even get some escapist fiction where someone fights against it and wins that isn't cloaked in plausible deniability to make it more marketable.
this forum: "oh noes something morally questionable is happening in my mango, call the... the police! the... the fire brigade! the... the salvation army!"
also this forum: "oh noes the putative victim called bullshit on it and walked out, the bitch needs to SUFFER!"
Now excuse me while I go find my eyes, I think they rolled under the bed.
You: "Bitches and moans no matter how people react."
First time I've ever rooted for the blackmailer because I disliked their target so much and their demands were so meager so of course the blackmail fails and the hypocritical busybody comes out on top. Maybe I'll check in in a while and see where this is at but I dislike this FL way too much to follow this.
I'm still glad I put this manga on double secret probation after chapter 1 and just pop in every so often to see if it's stopped sucking because every time I pop in it sucks even more. This is the dumbest shit I've seen in a while, like some Liberty tier bullshit.
^That would be best case senario :) I've seen it done a few times too so it's not unheard of!
I think the best case scenario is that it's more like a "No Dating" policy like a lot of idols have rather than a rule of how magic works because that would both be a very funny subversion of a kind of gross "the innocence of a maiden" trope and in keeping with the bureaucratic way this series has portrayed magical girls.
The art is so good, but there is still the unlikely possibility that Nika won't win, even if it's small, there is still a chance, and I don't know how I'd feel if that happens. How can all of them be happy?
I mean the big sister is already perfectly happy with how things are she doesn't lose anything if Koiko gets with her sister except stalking she doesn't seem to be aware of.