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joined Jan 22, 2017

RPPuzzle posted:
What does it mean completed and ongoing?

It means that the raw manga is already finished and all published, but the scanlation is still ongoing

Huh, somehow I never knew that, most manga I read completed have an ending. I guess that's just usually down to scantilator speed.

Would be nice if Dynasty has a marker for when a chapter is the last, like a 'finale' tag. it can be tough to know just from the index or your Lists archive. I guess there's issues with that though, since extra chapters sometimes appear.

Was just about to start Kanade-san, thought it was short and done, but I guess we'll get there.

last edited at Aug 24, 2021 10:31PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

Feeling incredibly gay repressed and depressed as of late so take my irritation with a grain of salt but I can’t understand why y’all wouldn’t understand the 10 year gap. This is biographical. You can’t understand how societal push can cause a break up like that?? Seriously? A lot happens in ten years growth wise. I’m in an area more accepting about lgbt ppl and I still separated from the girl I loved in high school bc of societal pressure and fear. I’m just happy the irl couple was able to get back together and be happy.

People seem to get it, and that is an important and impactful matter to explore in a gay manga love story.

It's just that the structure here doesn't make it easy to connect the dots of it's themes. It is short, but the writer could have used those few pages differently if they wanted to really explore lgbt fear and pressure and happiness.

It's great that you felt a personal and warming connection to the manga; maybe that was part of the author's intent, to not go in to much detail of the relationship so that readers could bring their own experience to it?

(*Apologies ahead of time if breaking it down below feels unfair to the mangaka's irl story or what it meant to you, but here's how I saw it...)

There are three pages of 'Confession Connundrum' (which is cute, but typical and written more like a comedy manga; it's not even about the complexity of gay anxiety, both Hanna and her classmate make no big fuss about same-sex crushes.) Then there's one panel showing the relationship (not even a page, just one box saying they were happy. Then, suddenly, the breakup. And the breakup is the only part that mentions social pressure or fear, with one sharp but cryptic line that, "same-sex couples can't get married legally." (Were they talking of marriage? Were things getting serious and they were contemplating the future? Had Hana not told her parents she was dating? Was Hana graduating or the teacher moving on, and they were at a crossroads?) Then, ten years pass, and the only thing we learn about Hana's life over that time is that she never forgot that relationship... and that she she grew her hair out. Then they come back together (did they plan to meet again, it did they suddenly see each other on the street and sparks flew again?), and we get half a page showing that everything is fine. They still can't get married, it is still a world where being gay has challenges, and they lost ten years of time with each other (or maybe they had ten years of other relationships that prepared them to make it work this time? we don't know,) but Teach is back in Hana's life and she looks cool. The end.

Of all the stories in Ryo Tsuzura's True Yuri Stories collection, this is one that could be well served some day by longer serialization (although Tsuzura's mostly does very comedy, so maybe it's best to leave it short like to, and read into it what we may...)

last edited at May 13, 2021 12:49PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

Something also to think about: this manga could be based in a city that began recognizing same-sex unions?

Japanese courts only introduced a constitution challenge to the national ban in March of this year (this manga was written in 2019), but since 2015 a number of major cities have broken away to recognize domestic partnerships in the de facto/hand-wave way many nations started with before making it legal. This is a "true" story, so it's not some hopeful glimpse of the future we are seeing, but maybe it was written in memory of some local victories that were meaningful to the real Hana?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56425002

...It is a little sweeter though if it isn't about rules and just is simply a story of the two finally realizing they had to be together no matter what.

last edited at May 10, 2021 12:04PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

the impression i get is that the older lady thought she couldn't put the younger girl through the difficulties of being in a homosexual relationship in a society that doesn't welcome them.

That's what i felt too, that the teacher was concerned to protect her from social challenges or make sure she explored her options while she was young. Maybe even the teacher (who is also young) is still battling with her own sexuality crisis, and feels that yearning in her heart still (or pressure from her family) for a commitment that she knows the two cannot easily make?

Not enough detail is in the manga itself (it's so short), but the line, "Please don't cry, you'll see..." is I think important to help read between the lines. And one thing you DON'T see is Hana objecting that marriage or her parents are not as important to her as this relationship. (Again, it's short, and Hana is in shock, but we can only go by what's on the page, or rather not on the page.)

last edited at May 10, 2021 12:07PM

BoskyHoss
joined Jan 22, 2017

Should we add Insane amounts of hand-holding? Or is it a spoiler

It's my favorite tag on there. "INSANE amounts of hand-holding, in four pages, how?" Oh, witness the insanity...

joined Jan 22, 2017

Dropped?!

Oh, sad, these were great little snippets, and the presence of alcohol meant that these stories had to be about adults (...or more like the reality of characters come to find out about "adulting", at least,) which I appreciate.

It was nice to have while it lasted, cheers!

last edited at Jan 23, 2021 12:32PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

Whoa, Chi really got pretty. She looks good with longer hair and no bags under her eyes.

Yes, it was nice to see a visual transformation of her radiating her growing confidence and success.

I do think it might have been good, though, for her to change in her clothes rather than face/hair. Less so that it's bothersome she becomes less butch when she gets happy (although fair criticism if that's something that snags for you,) moreso because it'd parallel what Nagi said to her, "I think cute dresses would suit you too, Chi-chan."

joined Jan 22, 2017

Finding myself wishing the author was more interested in the cross-dressing side characters who "don't pass" than the fairly familiar harem / gay-panic aspects this manga centers on.

Not only are these other characters adorably drawn in all their manly femininity / ladylike masculinity, but IMO they are potentially more interesting as a broad comedy attempt at exploring gender fluidity and social norms than just a guy going, "That person is a male, but they're also in a dress, so should I try to hump 'em or not?!" They are the joy I take from this manga, so thrilled and comfortable to embrace and explore presentation despite not being extraordinarily skilled at it.

Granted, these three are not complex or virtuous allies, necessarily. (I could have done without them all suddenly pining for a boyfriend... if some in the class found themselves free to explore latent/repressed homosexuality in this less-restrictive environment, then great! Or even if the classmates were so excited by what they learned about themselves and others while cross-dressing that they were open to try casual dating for further understanding of gender experiences, maybe? But this manga takes the more standard approach of 'everyone in pants wants to bang everyone in a skirt and vice-versa', which is pretty stale as comedy goes even without the larger social discussion here.) I just like how these three peripheral characters look and how much they seem to enjoy their newly-widening view on society, and wish there was a whole manga just about them.

Thanks to the scantilation team and the mangaka all the same. Will keep reading, but mostly for bits with my three faves.

last edited at Dec 30, 2020 3:02PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

Does those bullies have X-ray eyes?

Actually, some very specific details in Pandacorya's art jumped out to me on just that first page that immediately rendered the character as looking "different".

Oda's posture and the hang of her clothes, also the way the panels were directed, there were details that made the character design seem opposite of typical manga. (It almost looked like that slight off-feeling look you get from flipped manga to me; I wonder if the artist drew the panels in the layout and then reversed some of the art?)

It's hard for me to see what rang up to me as different again going back to it a second time (which itself is a bit of a poetic reaction), but I felt the art was intentionally askew even before I read the first panel. I felt it before she said it. Anybody else feel that?

last edited at Jan 31, 2021 12:01PM

joined Jan 22, 2017

Yo flag this for self-harm, I didn’t need to see cutting tonight.
It is flagged for "violence", i assume for that one image (and maybe the bullying, albeit that is depicted abstractly.)

If "self-harm" is a tag here, that might be better since the "violence" flag backfired a bit for me; I didn't fully read that one panel and so kept expecting a horrific, soul-crushing, violent twist coming on the final page...

Sweetness followed

last edited at Jan 31, 2021 12:02PM

BoskyHoss
Loli Baba discussion 15 Nov 11:03
joined Jan 22, 2017

No tag for "Lolihag"? You know, it's the hot trend right now...

last edited at Nov 16, 2019 3:57PM