This is cute and all... I've only read a few chapters, but I just can't shake the feeling that a core part of the humor of this series (ie, at the expense of Takuya) is kind of needlessly mean-spirited. I definitely like all the cutesy yuri between the girl and the mom. But I'm not sure if I can stick with this if it just continues to be like "haha, the girl that you have a crush on is just using you to get to your mother!" That just strikes me a cruel.
I don't find it funny when bad things happen to decent people, and this just seems like the story is exploiting the son's feelings all for the sake of a running gag. I remembered a manga on this site I read several years ago that depicted a similar situation (I think it was called "Girl x Girl x Boy"). It ended with the two girls getting together, and the girl that the male student is in love with telling him he's a good person and that she knows he'll have no trouble finding someone in the future who will love him back. But then, that was more of a dramatic comedy.
TBH, I really just don't know. Maybe I'm just overthinking this... I'd love to get any feedback, to know if I'm missing the point or if I'm being out of line with this comment, or if there's anything to my rambling thoughts.
I could say that yuri is glorious. It makes two straight girls making out each other. I wonder if there is another story similar with that situation.
I don't know this is some sort of joke, but even if we disregard the fact that the dark-haired girl (Saika?) calmly accepted the "love confession", she's pretty open about her preexisting attraction to Maria once they've in the hotel room.
I'd say this is more of a case where a girl who's confused about her sexuality ends up being turned by a girl who knows that she's a lesbian (or the verrry least is willing to admit that she's "gay" for another girl).
I think one of the things that people seem to lose track of is the fact that this series is pretty much a romantic comedy at its core, so the silly melodrama should really be expected! I mean, I love these two dorks, but one of the whole points of this manga is the process of Yamada and Kase learning to be more open with each other.
Reading this was an emotional roller-coaster. There were moments that made me cringe, mostle because I'm squeamish when it comes to being cut with a blade. Still, I get the message of this manga, about being true to the person you feel that you are (not sure I worded that quite right). I would have liked more insight into Takatou (I really liked him!), but oh well. It took me a little while to realize the old man at the end was Chiaki's dad- meaning he went through with the chemo.
It's crazy to think that Honoka started out as what seemed like nothing more than a one-off character in a single panel gag during the Club Competition Event. I don't remember seeing her again until Elisha showed up, but I imagine it didn't take the author long to realize these two were the perfect comedy 'Odd Couple' pairing. And Elisha has certainly done wonders bringing the gloomy Honoka out of her shell- letting us see her cute side!
I find the changes in both Arisa and Mari interesting, in that Arisa has become less pushy and more innocent, while Mari has had to become (at least a bit) more assertive and hands-on as a partner. Bot are super cute regardless!
@Salamandrake: I have to imagine that's the reason why the media took so long to figure out that Female Shepard was so much more popular in the Mass Effect series. (Anyone who doesn't like FemShep/Garrus as a pairing, come fight me IRL!)