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Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

If I was Ruriko, I'd have replied:

"I'm more happy than I've ever been. Which doesn't mean I can't become even happier."

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

I'm just gonna shut my feminist brain down and enjoy this.

Yup.

Damn this is hot.

Yup.

Welcome to the amazing world of fiction, where real world issues don't matter squat.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

wild flashbacks OMG it's happening!? thank you!!!

Same. Can't believe it's back. Time to party!

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

"First, I wanted to confess to her!"
—> "And I was able to confess thanks to the power of alcohol!"
"Now I want to dominate her and fuck her like a boss!"
—> "No need to change a winning strategy!"

Logic. Love it, live it.

Nene
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

VE is a strange manga in that it evolved from the lewd and ecchi beginnings to the most extreme wholesomeness right now.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Kishi turned out to have a natural talent for wholesome.

Nene
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Now whether Kasumi and Sakurako are in a romantic relationship or not is another matter, which frankly, I don't think they do even with how much I like the manga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUol5LkDem0

Nene
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

All the debates about if this series is yuri or not become hilarious after reading the A Yuri Story About a Girl Who Insists "It's Impossible for Two Girls to Get Together" Completely Falling Within 100 Days LN because, at some point, A Room for Two is used as an example of a story about lesbians.

IKR?
Once upon a time, I would have jumped at the chance to gloat at the naysayers. But that was at the time when the naysayers were an actual thing -- rampaging about and throwing around walls of text to prove that Kasumi and Sakurako were loving sweethearts but not lovers! Chaste friends, yes; platonic soulmates, sure; sister vestals, why not? Anything but lesbian lovers!

But, right now, they have pretty much vanished. It's been a long while since we last heard the motto "Say nay to sex!" Some ran away, some were banned, some turned out to be socks... At this point of time, the only people who still write comments here are all of us who take the story at face value and enjoy it just as it is. So, yeah, many thanks to Mikami Teren for confirming that Kasumi and Sakurako are the least useless lesbians in the history of lesbianism... but it's not like anyone's left who would still want to deny it.

Nene
Kill Switch discussion 19 Feb 12:28
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Me, I'm used to this sort of thing and I don't really mind. If the English scanlation goes down, I'll keep reading in Spanish or French. But I do get that this solution ain't for everyone.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

The name of the manga is a pun, I see.

There's an old Japanese proverb likening a woman’s beauty to the beauty of flowers. It goes like this:
「立てば芍薬 座れば牡丹 歩く姿は百合の花」
Tateba Shakuyaku, Suwareba Botan, Aruku Sugata wa Yuri no Hana.
Meaning: "She is beautiful who stands charmingly like a herbaceous peony, sits gorgeously like a tree peony, and walks elegantly like a lily."

And the name of this manga is: Kamiina Botan, Yoeru Sugata wa Yuri no Hana.

It's especially funny because there are good reasons for the choice of flowers in the proverb. The ‘shakuyaku’ (herbaceous peony) has a lovely flower on top of a long straight stem. The ‘botan’ (tree peony) is a shrub that bears gorgeous flowers that rest comfortably among its leaves. And the ‘yuri’ (lily) as it seems to dance flexibly in the wind has always been admired for its elegant and pretty form. Thus the similarities with standing, sitting and walking. But this is the first time that I hear of someone likening the tipsy movements of a drunken woman to the form of a lily in the wind, hehehe. Not a bad image, mind you!

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

My guess for something suitably strong and easy enough for a highschooler would be wood. Take a really big plank of wood and cut and carve it in the woodworking dep till you get a sword blade, and insert a metal rod into for the handle. It would also still be hard enough to cut through that paper mache ball.

I think you're right. A wooden blade could be spray-painted chrome and pass as a metal blade, and if the wood is light enough even a big sword can be wielded easily.

One thing, however, is that such a sword would have blunt edges... and cutting the giant ball so cleanly with a blunt blade would be exceedingly difficult.

Unless Nikaidou has already mastered the wuxia technique of infusing qi in her blade, in which case she can cut anything with the sword of the spirit and doesn't care anymore about the stuff her weapon is made of.

Nene
Image Comments 16 Feb 12:38
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018
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The flames from last strip are back with a vengeance, I see.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

"There are some people who want to split things into "yuri" and "rezu" based on whether those have sexual content, but this distinction doesn't exist."

So it is like the distinction between "shoujo ai" and "yuri".

Ah, no, not quite. In Japan, there is some discussion about the exact meanings of "yuri" and "rezu" (and "GL" as well) but as for "shoujo ai" everyone knows what it means. "Shoujo ai" means heterosexual loli porn.

Here, in the English-speaking world, "shoujo ai" was at one point fanspeak for soft yuri, but it's become obsolete since then -- mainly because people found what the real meaning of the term in Japan was!

That being said, I actually have a harder time understanding compensated dating than I do outright prostitution. Paying for sex is pretty straigh-forward, but paying for someone to essentially just hang out with you for an hour or two kind of baffles me. Sure, she laughs at your jokes, listens to your problems, compliments you, but like, of course she does, you are paying her for it.

For whatever reason, Japanese culture seems far more comfortable with that sort of fake companionship. It isn't even a new phenomenon, since that's basically how the geisha system worked (and works).

It's how the whole hostess club system works as well. To quote:

"Hostesses light cigarettes, provide beverages for men, offer flirtatious conversation, and sing karaoke to entertain customers. Hostesses can be seen as the modern counterpart of geishas, providing entertainment to groups of salarymen after work. Hostess clubs are distinguished from strip clubs in that there is no dancing, prostitution, or nudity."

Strange that some commenters claim they don't understand the point of such an establishment. It appears they share the old chauvinistic notion that women's only use is sex. It has never been the way the Japanese think, though: in their culture, all interactions with women have value -- and it makes perfect sense to pay to have women talk with you, sing, play music for you, etc.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

More of Yuuka being a disastrous-ish lesbian

Is that the evolved form of a useless lesbian?

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

From what I think, I don't really care if it's "conversion". As long as it's yuri I'm in.
But logically speaking, I think "converting" an heterosexual person is different from "converting" an homosexual.
Homosexual people have been going through a journy of discovery of their romantic and/or sexual attraction that in heterosexual people is usually given for granted without questioning. So when someone is appealing to a heterosexual person it might just be an opening of an unthought path (e.g. towards bisexuality), while the same towards someone homosexual is invalidating the jouney they did.

Just my thoughts on this though.

I agree so much I could hand you a medal.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

I can't but feel that Fujishiro screwed up that confession... Kurokawa strikes me as the sort of person who needs a whole lot more talking and 'splaining and processing before she's ready for a display of physical affection...

Ah well, time will tell.

Btw, Miki and the other gyaru just were treated to a totally unexpected show! I wonder if they were fast enough to take their phones out and snap some pics?

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Sooo... the shop's parrots are gonna talk to the big human woman and then translate to the hamster?

I'm sure nothing can go wrong with that!

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Also, why the art style remind of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion

You are not familiar with the style of Battan?
I take it, then, that you've never read Run Away With Me, Girl?

If that is the case, may I recommend that you read the whole series ASAP?

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

I started reading this without paying too much attention to front page details.

Then after a few panels: "HEY!!! This is by the author of Run Away With Me, Girl!"

Sometimes life brings you good surprises.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Every new chapter of this series makes me squee.

It's been a long time since I last read a story with characters who press all my right buttons like these ones. I'm thouroughly enthralled!

Oh, btw, last page? I foresee a terrible misunderstanding, hehehe.
(Tong Tong's mom: "OMG my daughter is doing compensated dating! AaaAAaAaaah!!")

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

I'm not sure if this is a mistake or not, but... this oneshot should be listed in the page for "About a College Girl Who Gets Picked Up at a Mixer by an Older Girl" by Yukio Yuki... right?

Here:
https://dynasty-scans.com/series/about_a_college_girl_who_gets_picked_up_at_a_mixer_by_an_older_girl

Instead, I noticed it's listed in the page for "A Straight Girl Wanders Into a Lesbian Mixer" by Shima.

Here:
https://dynasty-scans.com/series/a_straight_girl_wanders_into_a_lesbian_mixer

The two stories have many points in common, but... I think this oneshot is definitely a bonus comic for the one by Yukio Yuki, not the Shima one.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

LOL~ that's typical cat behavior

Yeah. Everything Nora does is.
In fact, I don't remember if it's been observed before, but...
In my humble opinion, it's transparently obvious that the author has recently gotten herself a pet cat -- and is adamantly decided to turn every little detail of her interactions with her cute kitty into a yuri fantasy manga story.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

What they really need to do is just move in together already.

This.

Nene
Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Flirty Sakurako is flirty.

Utenaanthy01
joined Aug 4, 2018

Wow. I'm impressed at how far off the rails this whole mess has gotten. Well done, I suppose.

Now is the time to rest on your laurels and congratulate yourselves. And not to continue this whole nonsense with further posts. Let your perfect bad conversation stand on its own, don't ruin it by gilding the lily.

Nezchan! It's been a while! We missed you!
Thank you as always for shooing the mosquitoes from our picnic.