Hm...this ending felt very meh to me, but I guess there is still hope. I really liked the characters. Yuri really doesn't sell, even less so if you dare to do anything different from the usual bland school girl setting.
I know this was a fantasy setting...but you say that when it was still about moe-loli-school girls, seems a bit silly to me. We've also been in a time of Office Lady Yuri being popular and selling well (at least for Yuri) for at least a couple years now.
Another thing, given that this was a Yuri Hentai-Comedy I honestly believe your ire is better placed on the fact that stories with "ugly-bastard" dudes are far more popular in the hentai world than anything Yuri related. The Yuri community shouldn't be divided based on personal preferences and tastes imo.
^I think the ships are good if you make your own canon and lore, or/and follow fan-fiction lore and head canons in the community. Which I'd argue is kind of what people had to do, because of the official interactions being well as you said, a bit anemic to say the least.
^They're both "foreigner" class servants and connect there, there's also some official interaction between them (dialogue/lore at least). Basically Abby likes to watch Oei (Hokusai) draw, and is a bit jealous of her drawing ability. Oei I think finds Abby to be interesting as well, and there's a fan-translated line on one of the game wikis where Summer Oei says Abby looks like she'd grow into being a beauty. Additionally they're designed by the same artist as well.
^For you I recommend the "Perfect Feet" image pool on Danbooru, I'd link it along with the tag I previously mentioned to someone else, but I don't know if I'm allowed to link to the site since a lot of the art on there is explicit/NSFW. It's an easy google search though.
Nooooo, Tong Tong, you poor sweetheart!! Right in the abandonment issues, oof ouch owie my absolute trauma.
I’m really loving how down-to-earth and real the characterization is in this. There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed that the highschool setting manhua I’ve read seem to tend a lot more toward the realistic and grounded, like “observations of humans” kind of stuff compared to most highschool romance manga, which seem more.... IDK, scripted, removed from reality? Does anyone know what I’m trying to say / agree? Is this just a sample size thing?
I've read plenty of high-school romance manga where I found the writing and specifically the characters to be realistic. Also non-romance manga based in high-school as well. Plus I've actually read various Manhua high-school romances that I found to be highly unrealistic, some of which I still very much enjoyed. So I can't say I agree personally. Though I think this also depends on the reader, and what they define as realistic, removed from reality, and so fourth. I've seen people say X series is unrealistic, and then other people say actually X series is pretty realistic to their own experiences and views. So it's ultimately all subjective I think.
Edit: Also I bet there's some people that don't think this series is realistic, but still enjoy it. Some of those people might think certain manga are realistic that you don't. Again all subjective. I also don't think starting a Manhua VS Manga thing is a good idea. They're both entirely valid and we don't need tribalism arguments breaking out. I enjoy both, and I'm enjoying this series. That's all there is to it for me.
Edit 2: I'd also like to say that sometimes authors (for both Manga and Manhua) intentionally aren't going for realism, which I think is also entirely valid.
It was an absurd and silly series..and then the abrupt tragic ending happened. Very unfortunate :\
That said though, thank you for the translation and to everyone who worked on the series! While I find the ending frustrating I'll always appreciate the hard work people put into these projects. The creator as well, even if I don't agree with some of their choices their work is still appreciated. Hopefully I'll enjoy the creator's future works more.
^Just make them better and sturdier, with a way for the lube to come out when squeezed or something. We put a man on the moon, we can surely invent lube glowsticks that are durable enough to not break into shards.
^There's other different body types, one example being the petite with a small/flat chest but hips and thighs. That aside though, there are some anime artists that specialize in a bit of chub, and also straight up chubby. Mainly just gotta know where to look. One example is that Danbooru alone has 13k entries tagged with "plump", so I'm certain you could easily find more of what you're looking for.
There's just nothing here to hold on to; it's about a relationship that barely exists and two people who seem to be pretty happy with it that way.
Seems to sum up what this story is all about.
Which I don't think is a bad thing? The main message is that they still care about each other, appreciate each other, think of each other, but they don't always need to be around each other or always talking. I think the relationship humble and wholesome.
@juanelric Not every female servant was interested in Ritsuka. Coatl is more of a big sister, Ana wasn't interested in him romantically, Gorgon wasn't, Jaguar is also more of a big sister. Also we had plenty of very relevant male characters even if not all of them were servants, for example, Leonidas, Merlin, Gilgamesh, Benkei, Enkidu counts as a dude in my eyes, and then there was spoiler. So I very much disagree with your take here.
Also the fights show up on numerous Sakuga blogs and posts for very good reason as well. Though if you're not interested in anything in the series, I can see why the fights would be boring for you.
Again I think we're better just agreeing to disagree. You found the series to be simply boring in all regards, I found it to be emotional and exciting, loved it myself. So I think we've said all that can really be said here. It sounds like from your experience that you simply don't enjoy Fate for the most part, so I hope you find a series that's more to your personal tastes and liking. Good luck!