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I really can't put a finger on why i love this manga so much, and yet love it i do!

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Yoru to Umi discussion 24 Jun 14:29
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I think this was more art than story tbh but i still feel like it was a powerful experience and so not a waste of time.

Still i would've preferred a more conclusive ending.

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What i really love about reading this manga on this site is when you read a really nice chapter about a couple (which, let's face it, is any of them!), you can click on their tag and go back and read all their staring chapters on their own.

I do this a lot and it always makes my heart swell.

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An issue introduced in a rushed manner then resolved so easily, quickly and neatly leaves me feeling rather unsatisfied by this resolution in a manga i was, up until the last two chapters, enjoying.

Seriously, if the mother was so understanding why the heck didn't she have a frank and open conversation with her daughter about moving before this was an issue? In fact why is her daughter so afraid of speaking out in front of her?

You can't paint their relationship one way and then have it quickly and easily go another.

last edited at Apr 21, 2021 6:46PM

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Personally i have no problem with this trope being used, except that here it's sudden appearance makes it seem more like a contrivance to help rush this story to it's end than to actually explore the issues related to it.

If it had been better established leading up to this event then probably it wouldn't have been rejected so much by so many.

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I loved this! I loved this sooooo much and yet it's over?! Why? Why is it over?! I mean there was still so much to explore, so many things that had just been set up and suddenly "they're engaged!" and it's over. :'(

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I've read a lot of mangas with bad endings so i know this isn't bad bad, but it's doesn't exactly work either. Just jumping suddenly to them living together with no connection to what we had previously saw was the status of their relationship (still thinking fondly of each other and yet not having spoken in a long time) is just confusing.

Frankly this ending says absolutely nothing, it would've been better to have left them going their separate ways rather than to just spring them living together with no explanation as to how they reconnected, how they came to live together or what their current relationship actually is.

It's fine to be ambiguous as long as there is something for the reader to be able to draw conclusions from, here tho... well, like i said it's just too confusing.

last edited at Oct 19, 2020 4:04PM

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Dear NOMAN discussion 12 Sep 13:54
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Feels like these days all the stories i'm getting into are ending rather abruptly.

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What an absolute trash fire lmao.

I am a trans woman dating a nonbinary afab person and I thought this story would go in that direction since Hime always seemed pretty disillusioned with being perceived as a girl. Instead we got after school special-quality vignettes about the lives of random characters who are never relevant to the plot again, and a main character whose entire emotional journey leads her to... being comfortable with being a straight woman?

I guess the message of this series is that it’s okay to be LGBT as long as you’re an accessory to a generic het romance. I can’t believe I used to look forward to new chapters of this. 2/10 because I at least enjoyed the bits of lesbian content at the beginning

I've too had been enjoying this a lot because it seemed to carry such a strong LGBTQ+ message and i felt it taught me so much about lifestyles outside of my own. And yet you're point seems to be incredibly valid. Despite the claims of this manga being about Akira's struggles with being perceived as a man ultimately this has been very much Hime's story and when the end goes straight down the het road it does seem to undermine itself by making all alternate lifestyles seem peripheral in significance.

What's more, as you had said, Hime too struggled a lot with being perceived as a woman, especially sexually by a man (to the point where she said such a thing sickened her), and yet that whole thing too has been swept to one side. Seemingly they were happy to explore this issue in some detail but not actually commit to it.

It's a shame that this is such a unsatisfying ending. As i said i had enjoyed this a lot, felt that it had opened my eyes to many things and yet this... i just feel wrong inside about this. I had felt that this would've been a manga i would've re-read and re-read and yet now it's finished in this way... i just don't know if i'll ever return to it.

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This was at times a hard thing to read, and yet ultimately fulfilling. And that final chapter was truly a thing of beauty.

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Every chapter i just feel so uplifted by the simplistic and wonderful nature of this manga. = )

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I do like the interpretation of this being about love and sacrifice. That sometime being in a relationship can mean giving up one dream or job. Some basically having their love one make the decision, and the guilt one can have over ruining someone dreams for their own relationship. But despite the negative in those relationship, there is still lots of love to go around.

I think that's kind of a forced interpretation tho. I mean while what you said is very true, your sacrifice is something you give up of your own volition. To have it taken from/sacrificed for you without your consent (such as it is in this case) it's an attack, a theft, an assault and in such a case it wouldn't just be guilt that would hang over the relationship but resentment as well (tho in this fiction we are told that's not the case). Not that i am suggesting that is what this story is about either.

The closest thing i can come to an interpretation is that this shows how love is a volatile emotion. That is is possible to love someone or something to the point of destruction. She was so in love with her, so afraid of losing her that she destroyed her wings, an act that (as the end suggests) can never be taken back, can never be undone and yet despite this their relationship continues. Perhaps this suggests that even tho love can take us to such dark places that it is also the light that can lead us back out again, that it can inspire such great kindness and forgiveness that it can save us all.

Well i'm trying my best to be optimistic about this. I found this story both beautiful and horrifying, touching and unsettling, and i'm really trying to figure out just how i'm going to take it all in.

last edited at Jul 25, 2020 9:01PM

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Also, for me, the afterword is kind of unsettling as it feels to have a somewhat flippant tone about it.

I mean this story has an act of absolutely horrendous violence in it and the afterword sort of shrugs and says "Oh well, they ain't on the best track but i'm sure everything will turn out fine".

last edited at Jul 25, 2020 8:21PM

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something about this ending makes me deeply uncomfortable and i can't exactly pinpoint what that is

Maybe the fact that one could interpret this in the manner of an abusive relationship (i mean i'm trying not to but the signs are there) in that she's had something horrifically cruel and violent done to her and yet because she's told "I love you" she stays and believes in the future her partner will change.

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Lily Marble discussion 09 Jul 10:12
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I really thought this could've been a long running thing on par with Virgin Empire, it had that sort of feel to it's narrative, a drawn out in-depth development of it's characters and their relationships. But to be ending so suddenly now, this is such a shame.

last edited at Jul 9, 2020 10:13AM

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ARGHH!! Too good and too short!!!

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"And no anxiety or uneasiness can beat this feeling of love."

Every now and again you just come across an absolutely perfect line. :)

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It's not an abrupt or rushed ending, nor is it something that i would call unsatisfying, and yet it certainly does feel like it's missing something.

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The MahiMahi getting recognised makes me swell with pride... we all knew them before they were famous after all. ;)

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Wasn't expecting an epilogue, but damn glad we got one! = D

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Yeeeeeeeessssssss! It's back, it's back, it's finally back! I've been waiting so long to see how their story continues!

I know that feel! Why does this take soooooo long between chapters?!! = (

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I don't think i understood the ending :(

The ending was a flashback to the second chapter, showing that for all this time Nako has been hoping she can stay here with her friends.

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I really like this, tho i can't help but feel that the author missed a trick by having one of the girls telepathically know the others thoughts. I feel like this could've been a much more powerful story about two girls overcoming the language barrier and becoming close to one another. Tho i do suppose that there have been others who've done such (tho i can't think of such a yuri off the top of my head) and the telepathy does make this somewhat unique.

It's not exactly a normal girl understanding a mute girl, but there is a manga that is entirely "silent". As in no speech bubbles and the reader has to understand the context from what's going on in each panel. Called Joshikausei .

I've come across a few mangas like that and they can be quite interesting so i'll check it out. = )

"I feel like the author made a mistake because I wanted a serious, emotional romance story but instead they drew a fluffy comedy, they really messed up by not writing a completely different plot just for me"

Yeah, you're right that's basically what i'm sayin' ain't it? I do like the cute stuff but frankly i find series and emotional explorations of these relationships far more satisfying so i'm probably just yearning for such a series that explores this issue.

There are stories sort of similar to that. https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/spring_a_minuet comes to mind, and also https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/present#2

Or Koe no Katachi, though that's not yuri.

I forgot about "Spring, a Minuet", which is a lovely, cute but also serious exploration of such two girls overcoming such a communication barrier. "Present" is one of my favourites but it doesn't really explore communication as an obstacle, this blindness of one of the girls is rather used as a means for the other to come to terms with her self-loathing over the disparity between her outward appearance and her inner thoughts and feelings.

I haven't read Koe no Katachi... but then i don't really read non-yuri romance (i have a lot of hang-ups about the male gender).

last edited at Dec 18, 2019 3:31PM

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I really like this, tho i can't help but feel that the author missed a trick by having one of the girls telepathically know the others thoughts. I feel like this could've been a much more powerful story about two girls overcoming the language barrier and becoming close to one another. Tho i do suppose that there have been others who've done such (tho i can't think of such a yuri off the top of my head) and the telepathy does make this somewhat unique.

This is very cute tho.

last edited at Dec 17, 2019 2:18PM

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Yeah, this really did feel like it just rushed itself to the end in the final chapter. A perfectly acceptable ending but it is frustrating to see a story that had so much more potential end this way.