Also "don't sell yourself so cheaply" is... very much a comment about purity, c'mon dude.
--da what now?
*looks up definition of "purity": freedom from adulteration or contamination or freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature
"Don't sell youself so cheaply" is not "don't sell youself"
The "not cheaply" refers to self-worth. She could as well have said "have some standards, gal" (opposed to hitting up some strangers because they look nice).
This is very much not a comment about purity. Very, very, very much not, when the next thing she says is basically "If you really want attention, I know some guys who will treat you nice, go and knock yourself out flirting with them".
Why, "please misinterpret it," though? That's such a weird sentence. It's like asking not to understand your intentions. I know I should be focusing on the Yuri but this is distracting.
Tomoe is expressing that she "misinterpreted" the draft as a confession. It actually wasn't meant to be, and the author starts to try and pedal away from that with excuses because she doesn't think she'd be interested, but then Tomoe is visibly disappointed. So she asks her to keep her misinterpretation and take it as a confession.
I guess that's the conversational equivalent of a double negative - and as easily confusing, it seems.
In that sense, her rebuttal was not nonsensical...
That scene with the two sitting on a bench at the park... they should have kissed and accepted each other's feelings right then and there.
"Being with you makes me so happy that it puts me in a trance" + that look she gives Yori
I am starting to worry about the girl's intellectual capacatiy that she cannot fathom herself that this equals Yori's desired answer...
...where's BV? I need someone to insert the "just kiss already" meme XD
Generic story that can't have bad end. Reminded me "Rainy song" one-shot, which I liked more. Art, though, is still exciting.
Yeah, story checks for yuri-trope bingo each chater, but the art is stunning!
It was a kiss or wat?
Yep, peck on the cheek, the titular 'thank you' of the chapter. Judging by Hima's reaction, it seems that's almost as intimate as handholding ... (C'mon, girl, you KNOW she wants to bed you - why you so shocked?! - ....srly, what DID she expect when Yori told her to close her eyes?)
I really like this story, but so far it’s feeling like it’s setting up these really great arcs but it doesn’t follow through and fizzles out of them pretty quickly....
I'd say: Too. Many. Characters.
There are only few stories that benefit from a large cast, I don't think this one is one of them.
I like world-building and expansion of the lore... but I feel this story lost track of what it wanted to tell.
The premise had me interested, but nowadays I only check the updates to see if the original MCs appear and if their subtext romance moves along...
...when the support cast becomes the main ship~
And I don't even mind. I have a thing for tomboys in my manga.
Uh-oh, the uselessbians are multiplying!
Now, if Kurokawa started crushing on Iroha, we could add a square formula to it and... ... .. . ...nevermind, I suck at math :P
Also, I don't mind such kind of narrative technique. Only, that I binge-read this manga just recently and then read a dozen other ones, so when I picked up this chapter I was a little confused at first "Didn't I read that already?" But once I got past that, I thought it was rather well executed - the dad scenes were a nice touch, too.
...so, I just binge-read this.
While the whole story and its last chapters had me squeal and d'aww a bunch of times, the ending really felt like the author had been cut off and tried to squeeze in a semi-satisfactory ending.
There certainly was a lot more potential for a further progressing story and even the MCs' romance developing, even having them in a relationship (e.g.: the little sister proclaiming to be there next year gave me the sense, the author had more ideas for that).
It was a nice read thou, and the art was also nice to look at. Was hoping, there'd be more of this artist by now, but seems that's a no...
There's so many of these by now I'm starting to wonder how many Japanese highschool girls casually prostitute themselves ...
If you infer sex, then I'd assume less than this genre / tag makes it seem like.
If you go just by "offering company/entertainment for cash", probably a lot, mainly in the bigger cities. It's been a while since I last really thought about and researched the topic, so my memory is a tad foggy and information possibly not up-to-date.
At least for Japanese culture, it may even make sense - keyword: geisha (who are not whores but paid escorts and professional entertainers, above anything else - sexual desires were historically fulfilled by specialized curtisanes - 90% of the hentai related associations stem from wishful-thinking ... and some WWII cultural clashes and the so-called "geisha girls" emerging at that time (not actual geisha!). An actual geisha can/could chose to have sex, but is not necessarily contracted to do so).
The initial deal in this manga didn't seem to have included any sort of physicality, which by my understanding is how this goes. I think, actual prostitution (sex for money) isn't legal in Japan, but this sort of "company offer" may be a gray zone...
Sure, there may be 'vocal minorities', a few who abuse this system, but I think to recall, that it's usually merely company that's expected; to counter the loneliness of anonymity in bigger cities / for males (and occassional females) who lack the time or social ability to find companionship naturally.. or just want a pretty young girl be nice and cute towards them for a while. The exemptions from the rule may be what's got this stigmatized, however. But it's really supposed to be a plantonic escort of sorts.
The top stops touching the partner to make them admit that they want it, which is just an extra layer on the "corruption" obssession Japanese people have.
1) ...at least in yuri manga we have women corrupting women? o.o
2) ...I don't think it (the corruption fantasy/obsession) is a Japanese culture thing soley.... It may come (haha!) in more varying degrees for others, including a wider array of fantasies depicted overall in such context. Yet, especially in pornography, there still seems to be an international focus on objectifing / fantasizing of the female gender (at least from what I've seen *cough* Not that I would, you know... *cough*). That's not necessarily a bad thing, if it stays in fantasy territory. Everybody's got kinks. Many women themselves even at this time and age (according to some studies even more again than only 5 years ago ... :-| ) like to play the devote / being lead / dependent / bottom part in the sex- (and relationship-) dynamic.
I guess, the whole "orgasm bad" trope is just one extreme - not exclusive to Japan, but maybe more prominent there... (I'm not gonna do the research for other countries - maybe someone else will volunteer XD)
3) Saw the title of this thread and could not not check it out XD Thanks, OP!
You should. Find the time, lean back and really do that - and enjoy the experience to the fullest.
I promise you no regrets!
I keep pointing it out, but really:
The first time you read this manga, you're influenced by Yamada's POV, her thoughts and perspective in the text.
But on second read you may easily find yourself able to actually look at what's happening.
Like, Inoue-senpai: On first read, I was all on board with "what's her deal!? shoo-shoo!", but since my first re-read, it's obvious she never meant any harm to Yamada, just spoke truely (she wanted her race against Kase, no interruptions, so Kase would be at her best - turned out, Kase was even better with Yamada around, which both impressed her and had her competitionist instincts roar, but no hard feellings against Yamada).
With a re-read, it really does make sense how she acted as the couple's wingman in the latest continuous chapter. She's a good friend to Kase. And she does like Yamada, too. Knows, they are good for each other.
The same with anything Kase..
First read I demanded more Kase-POV chapters. But on re-read(s) it's all there. Ever since, Kase's behaviour towards Yamada in the first and second chapter - she's always been crushing for her, hard.
My fave may be this though: Kase thirsting for Yamada at first sight!
Kase doesn't need her own POV chapters - everything we need to know about her, even more than Yamada acknowledges / realizes, it's all there, has been from the start. (It's just covered beneath Yamada's own perception of her own short-comings and lacking confidence, her own over-thinking misleading the reader from Kase's actual words and actions and reactions.)
And yes, you are right: Yamada is too cute and naive and ignorant (regarding her own appeal to others) for her own sake. And yeah, sure, Kase may be the overprotective type - but as proven time and time again, for good reason.
So, re-reading and all of Kase's actions and her attitudes make total sense.
...the new chapter notification had me squeal.
Seeing the chapter length had me involuntarily disappointed, along with it being obvious on the first page, that it's not a continuation of the plot.
Then I realized the timing.
Then there was the sneaky kiss - picture me grasping my hands before my chest and giggling, squealing in sheer delight.
All worth it <3
I love this manga to death, and will keep recommending it. (Just got a friend hooked last week :P)
On a belated note: I re-read my hard-copies just last week, and seems I truly just imagined Yamada thinking/remembering again to move in with Kase in some future... Dunno how my brain made that up... My faux.)
...I did not know that. I know Yamada, Satou and Tanaka are very high up, but haven't heard Inoue a lot. But I'll give Mikawacchi a pass then.
Yeah, I also remember Yamada being freaked, especially when the topic was first introduced... I just thought, I recalled her thinking about it on her own at least once (also kinda spazzing about it)... But I may be imagining things. May be my brain filling in the waiting times between chapters...
But who am I to ignore any weak excuse to reread... >.>
Edit: If the next chapter doesn't full-fill it's 'threat' of a shared bath, I will be very disappointed ...and so will Kase-san, I assume XD Gal's in need for some watering before she shrivels... C'mon, Yamada! Apply your plant-knowledge to your thirsty bae!
...readers slapping themselves and breaking glasses...
Yeah, Ito's troubled. Her reaction was hard to follow. But.... case and point, people are weird and have strong emotions about the wildest things, reasonable or not.
I think zensunni made a nice summary there, but I'd come to a different conclusion, which goes along the lines of "they don't really know each other!". Sumika may actually know Ito much better, since the latter is always questioning if what she sees is "the real Sumika" or not. And while Sumika at first appeared to be superficial, she's rather invested in Ito - meantime Ito is very much (still) engulfed within her own trauma.
So. yeah, Ito is not in the right place and mind. But, how could she? Trust takes time, especially for someone who felt so intimately hurt before.
Maybe, it's because I am getting old and start implementing these mechanisms into my routines to counter my failing memory...
But, if a chapter of a story comes out, that I haven't touched in more than 4 months, I tend to at least re-read the previous chapter and if the story hadn't proceeded too much yet, glance at the very first chapter again.
THIS TIME THIS REALLY HELPED!
As someone, who reads a lot of stories at the same time (because they all only have one new chapter every so often) with sometimes rather similar base-plots and/or character designs, I do highly recommend that little ritual.
I found myself cheering for Inoue, with all her quick reactions, defusing and wingman'ing the heck out of things~
...but, I do feel, she missed a chance in dropping a remark that would lead to Mikawacchi-team to take enough pitty on Kase to invite her to their girls-room (well, now Fukami got her roomy'ing again, at least for one nite).
Am I missing something? Or imagining? I thought Yamada at one point even had fantasized on her own (very overwhelmdly so) about living with Kase next year... I really thought, it was a done deal already...
...HOW did Mikawacchi not realize the inn was called "Inoue Inn" when she booked the place, flags raising etc? Or did she do it on purpose and played ignorant?
Yuki is in a committed relationship with hallucination Megu-nee.
...with Kurumi in the group of people Yuuki had halluzinations of, I got really scared for her for a moment.
But, yeah, I, too, feel a tad queer-baited. Not too bad, though. Other than Miki, nothing else was ever outright text. And she's playing lone-wolf now. Can live with that... (and, there's still there's doujin-land.)
Part of me wished things had ended in a more ..."clever" fashion. I still feel there was a loooot implied and hinted at (untold stories and connections) that never quite payed off. But I guess, Yuuki and her emotional call saving the world (for all the gang and others experienced and survived together, and the ones they lost) is a fitting ending in its own right. Her wearing the cross gave me goosebumps, tho. (It kinda makes her look like a nun... but if she's in a relationship with a 'spirit', that would kinda make sense, I guess *lol*)