There's one element in there I found really interesting, that Kodama really likes soap opera type stories. I wonder if that's one reason why western fans seem to hate the series so much, while it's clearly popular enough in Japan to keep running, get an anime, have other mangaka doing fanart, etc.
Soap operas aren't really the same sort of story as romance, even though they deal with a lot of the same subject matter. There's a lot more of what folks here might call "forced drama", cheating, and tend to be a lot more convoluted. Most yuri we see is romance (well, or porn), where it's about the conflicts the main couple must deal with to get together.
I'd be surprised if much of the western yuri audience watches much in the line of soap operas, whereas unless I miss my guess, the Japanese yuri audience has more familiarity with them. So there's a much different expectation for what makes a good story in the first place.
I think if not for the disaster in her first year and isolation in second, Nico would be this sort of person all the time. Supportive, motherly, but still into the whole "I'm the cutest" thing. From what we see of her with her siblings and in the times when her façade breaks, that's really her true self.
I agree though. I love this story a lot, but I'd love to see it decompressed a bit. More on how Lotte was before Teti came along would be nice. The little girl with the monkey hints at it, but that's really all we get.
You say something that's obviously wrong, I call you out, anime proves me right, and now I'm the annoying one? All you had to do was not be so damn stubborn. I wouldn't have a reason to be here if you had just said "Sorry, guess I was wrong." But alas, here you are, you can't even ignore me like you said you would. Why wouldn't I reply when you keep replying to me and talking about me? You got some real thin skin.
But, go ahead, keep repeating the same bullshit that Naru was rude and condescending to Hajime. I'll still be here to correct it. You are not obligated to reply but I know you will.
@Nez We both of have been replying to others.
Good. Now take the next step and STOP replying to each other, at least for a while. You'll find it's not that difficult, even if they are Wrong On the Internet.