I showed the last chapters to my friend and asked her if she agreed that this terrible suspense about the fate of Satou was simply unbearable.
She gave me a look as if I was dumb or something... and then told me it was 100% plain and obvious and evident that Satou was merely going to snip off some of her hair with that cutter. You know, because that's what you do in Japan when you're heartbroken and stuff.
And thus we find that this is a light version of Onee-san wa Joshi Shougakusei ni Kyoumi ga arimasu.
Kasane goes for a certain type of young teen girls, and when they grow up and don't fit the type anymore she unceremoniously dumps them. It's what happened to poor sweetie Mimei (who is still disgruntled about that).
And Meguru's role in the story is Coco's: she's the one who will win Kasane's heart forever and make her discard all her superficial prejudices about age and looks!
You had to go there, didn't you? Now my cute Contract Sisters manga feels dirty. ( ͠° ͟ʖ ͠°)
It's been said before that this manhua is very cinematic and I honestly feel like it would make such a good movie.
Afaic I have no doubts anymore that Tracy Hu pictures the story in her mind like a movie then draws it the way she would film it—with special attention to camera angles and narrative rhythm, in gorgeous watercolor-like art with amazing effects of light and shadow.
She even inserts THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE MOVIE between panels, for chrissake! (☉̃ₒ☉)
Riri and Karin are the only ones for me. The reason, I guess, is that touches and kisses are my favorite part of a relationship. A girl who only wants to look at me, or listen to me, or (god help us) sniff at me all day long is just... not my idea of a desirable partner.
I had a slightly greater liking for Riri before, but Karin has gotten so much screen time lately and has grown so much as a character that it's difficult not to be rooting for her now. She seriously and sincerely proposed to Mei. She asked Mei to get into a committed relationship with her. Mei gave an ambiguous "I like you but I'm not ready" sort of reply, so now Karin is giving her time while trying to get them to know each other better and become closer. And as she does this, because she's a reasonable girl, she doesn't expect Mei to forswear flirting with other women (since they haven't actually committed to each other yet) and of course she doesn't hold back either from doing the same thing.
And this leads us to the scene in this chapter where she makes out with that cute kohai girl and finds out, after kissing her, that it wasn't all that enjoyable... because she has kissed Mei before; and this, she realizes, has made her lose interest in other girls' lips. Because it's just not the same. In other words, kissing Mei to her was like:
Tbh this is so incredibly ROMANTIC it has totally swept me off my feet and now all I can think of is that I want Mei to stop being a dummy and accept Karin's feelings. (Sorry, Riri-chan, I still like you, but... >_< ) Heck, I mean, come on, that line about rejecting Karin because she feels she's not good enough for her? That's the oldest cliché in the book of romance tropes, and it was as dumb the first time it was ever used as it is today!!! For gossake, Mei, if she says you're the right one then you're the right one, stop overthinking things!!!!!!