her mom holding the knife at the end feels vaguely threatening
i don't really remember the moment i figured out i wasn't ever gonna like boys, but media definitely played a role in it for me too. back in the era of the 10-minute video length limit on youtube i'd watch bootlegs of queer film in chunks. But I'm a Cheerleader, Bound, Fingersmith, D.E.B.S., Water Lillies, stuff like that.
Searching "girls kissing" on youtube--everyone did that, right?
I just noticed that the last page is the first time we see Rei-chan's right eye, no?
Pretty sure this was mentioned a long time ago, but for those who missed it, it's just because of her hair always being over it. There's no real reason, and she doesn't have heterochromia or anything, as evidenced here https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/school_zone_ch00#2
But if we want to believe that there's meaning to it, is like the author saying "this side of me that I've been hiding" maybe? Is like... very dramatic or romantic that way, no?
I'm reading too much into it... but, it is a very serious moment to just show it without any thought put into it!
What I find just a bit depressing is that this last chapter seems to assume Japan will still have about the same level of homophobia 13 years in the future. But I can definitely see why the mangaka chose to go this route. It’s a good reflection of Kon’s parents’ angst 13 years prior, and it gets resolved positively, just like it did before.
my only problem with this manga is that without fail every single chapter has ended in a joke. and jokes are obviously fine, but are we ever going to meaningfully release any of the tensions between the characters? is the status quo going to remain the same the entire time?