What an amazing surprise return. Still love this story as much as when I first read it, and this little look at their lives together has both a message I really like and a lot of good Makoto and Maekawa interactions. Love those dorks.
I am happy as anyone to see these two again, but also how the heck did this end almost three years ago already?? I mean sure I bought the actual books in between there so maybe that makes it feel more recent but still, jeeeez...
The passage of time is still strange, true, but I'm struck at how vividly I still remember the rest of the story. It really left an impression on me. I miss it!
That sparkler scene was such a lovely, gentle moment for a confession. Just surprising enough to give both the reader and Ruriko a start, but fitting enough to keep everything warm and fuzzy! I usually find the usage of fireworks in romance manga a little too cliche, but this hit right for me. Love it.
I really love how much Tachibana is like a jealous puppy, desperate for attention from her owner. Her face lights up instantly from so little as a glance from Shiki.
Tachibana's reactions are amazing. From dejection at the silent treatment to totally awestruck at so much as a single word out of Shiki. And Shiki herself being an unsure, asocial idiot really helps too. Strangely heartwarming chapter, but I'm not going to complain.
Honestly, when I first started reading this way back when, I thought it was a decent enough comedy, and that was all. Just weird and fun enough to keep my interest, but definitely not the best thing I'd ever read.
As a few chapters went by, more and more of Ai's character came through, and I really liked how her otaku-fueled obsessiveness initially hid (or maybe always complimented?) how honest she could be with others. Misumi's difficulty with her desire to be a mangaka being resolved as it was felt great, and it really did serve to make Ai feel like the "perfect" partner for her: someone who just gets her, without much effort required to hit it off, but with the desire to know as much as possible at the girl she loves. Something about the genuine tenderness of Ai's and Misumi's relationship quickly worked with the wackiness of the setup to make something I genuinely looked forward to reading more of, chapter after chapter. I even thought Madoromi was a good addition to their dynamic! Just a little something to remind you of how bizarre the whole situation was. Most of the other characters felt a bit hit-or-miss at times, but that's expected considering how laser-focused it was on the main relationship and their cute, tsuntsun third wheel mascot.
Agreed! Though, I thought I was going insane for a second. "Did she always have braids...?" It's a subtle thing, but I always appreciate when a series goes out of it's way to give it's characters' more diversity in appearance in their day-to-day lives, instead of just for a large event or gathering. Really makes the characters feel a little more alive.
Glad to have read this, even if it only brought pain. Thanks for the translations, team.
Thematically, not sure how that plays out? I’m all for more yuri, but I wonder if Anna’s relationship is also meant to be a mini foil to her grandmother’s relationship with Kiyoko?
Yeah, I took it to further the point of wrong place, wrong time for Kiyoko and Mitsu. If they had lived in a different time frame, things could've been different. Maybe it should be taken as a bittersweet revelation that Kiyoko got to see a relationship similar to the one herself and Mitsu always wanted play out in some capacity.