Regular standard romance just doesn't do it for me any more, so I'm always happy to stumble across a series that gets into gender/role reversal. And, the trope of the cross-dressing or more stereotypical feminine boy and the assertive girl is one of things that real appeals to me. That's why I love this other series called something like "Cross-dressing Boyfriend and Handsome Girlfriend" (sorry for my possibly bad English translation).
This could be the start of a supernatural manga where they team up to fight trouble-making ghosts.
The Ring girl wants to live a normal high-schooler life with her new lover, but realizes that she must work hard to protect Minaki's world from ghosts who wish to invade and defile it as she did in the past.
In time their actions alert the ghost hunters, who sees this as a golden opportunity to catch the Ring girl and exterminate her. However, just as it seems the Ring girl will be exterminated, and just as the Ring girl resigns to her fate, Minaki jumps in and validates the power of love. Minaki demonstrate how much she cares for the Ring girl by shielding her from the final blow and proclaiming her love.
Minaki, realizing how much she has changed from being a useless and bored teenager, gathers up her courage and her last bit of strength to confront the ghost hunters. Impressed by her courage and love, the ghost hunters, Minaki, and the Ring girl team up to battle supernatural entities.
To be continued...
The intermission is lots of sex or something...
How do I donate to the project to get this manga made?
This whole comments section... I can't keep up with it. I used to like to check in on it, but it's turned into a beast all of its own, it's overwhelming. No offense to anyone, but I think I'm gonna have to restrict myself to just the manga for at least the foreseeable future. This is all going way over my head.
As much as Clair can be a bit of a classicist bitch at times, it seems like no one else noticed her physical reaction to the poor guy who'd been burned... I mean, she's kind of in the background, while Rei is talking with him, but if you're looking at her, she visibly covers her mouth in horror when she sees him!
Honestly, in spite of all of her flaws, it seems to me that this 'version' of Claire (possible thanks largely to Rei's influence) is much more aware of things and empathetic- especially in comparison to her vanilla "in-game" self. I get this feeling that she would normally be this insufferable ojousama-type, but that Rei is 'nudging' her down a path that opens her eyes up to the reality of things. I think Claire is more a product of being sheltered than actually bad.
And honestly, she doesn't strike me as being a true genuine sadist... Despite how much our thirsty protagonist might want her to be. And what makes me think this is the case is the fact it increasingly seems that if Rei actually stood up to her and pushed back against her "mean girl" act, Claire wouldn't know what to do if she called her bluff!
Wow... This series is seriously on-point. This is merciless, and I love it! It seriously pulls no punches! I love the fact that Laplace has no filter, and is straight up like "this is stupid, what's up?" at all the blatantly sexist cliches in fantasy games.
I mean, I'm a guys and I like fan-service the same as anyone. But I've always wondered why this kind of stuff is taken as a given all the time. I remember asking a friend why they had their female crew in skirts on his ship in Star Trek on line (as in "is there an actual reason OTHER than you wanted to?), and he was pretty much "jus cuz".
I swear, I could write an academic paper about this, about how it perfectly deconstructs all these tropes!
And seriously, shopkeeper, what are you trying to pull? This isn't some sketchy bullshit fantasy manga, so Tanya and Laplace are just gonna be like "We're paying your life, cuz otherwise we'll pay you with death."
Christ, man! The opening was full of so much toxic misogynistic bullshit!
As a guy, I hate the fact that men like this exist... I would have torn the place down on her behalf! I wanted to punch the team leader right in his smug face! All that shit they were telling her is 1:1 to real life! Fuck these dipshits!
Haruka and Kanae's little snapshot really shows their dynamic. Which I love btw- based on how we say Kanae at first, I would have expected HER to be the clingy/needy one. I love the role reversal trope.
I'm STILL upset at how their relationship was handled though. Judging based on their interactions after Haruka's note, I'm assuming they've entered a relationship since. I'm so salty about all of that being off-screen- they were my favorite couple and I feel like that was a total rip-off. I really hope the author doesn't do that with any other couples, especially Nononon and Yumimi (my current favorite- I also love Hibiki and Midori. This is very classic me- my favorites are ALWAYS the side/beta couples).
For me: At first glance, Haruka has this aura of a pure and innocent 'too good for this world' type girl. There's something inexplicably "glamorous" about her. And I can't shake this perception that there's an "old school" element to her (I swear, something about her hair just screams the 60s/70s to me).
Except, that the more we see of her when she's in the spotlight (specifically, with Kanae), I've started to see this different side to her. Personally, I happen to find this jealous/possessive side of her rather endearing. However, given the combo of this and the outwardly cheerful affectionate presentation puts her close to the thin line between dere-dere and yandere. God help us, I don't want to actually see 'Yandere Haruka', but it's funny to think about.
And poor Kanae, she's waaay too oblivious! She's this adorable bookworm who's stumbled into what she seems to view as a close "friendship" (Haruka would call it a "relationship").
Ps. I've been reading this manga since 2013, and I've come a realization over time: Michiru's short cropped hair really does it for me! Does anyone else find that to be a major charm point for her?
^Further note: This is part of a series of 4-koma the author did as part of the anniversary collection. This is more obvious if you're familiar with the evolution of their art style by the time they're working on "Yotsuba&".