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Purple Library Guy
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Where is the Monty Python joke?!

Sadly, the youth don't follow the Way of Python like the nerds did in my day . . .
(It was only a flesh wound . . . until you struck a blow to my heart)

Purple Library Guy
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It's really only an issue if they're sexualized. The magazine in the manga is aimed towards kids her own age so I don't really see the issue. Similar to child actors.

When was the last time you opened a clothing magazine ? 'cause it's pretty comon to have boys and girls of any ages wearing some clothing to advertise them. As other said, it's usually casual poses, nothing "dangerous". XD

so yeah, it's not exactly something specific to japan and I don't really see the issue with a model her age as long as it's not "risqué" work.

That argument doesn't hold water when Ririha is not only well aware of the existence of lolicons but she actively tries to use her own (or perceived at least) sex appeal to win Mimika's favor. To not mention the idolization her classmates indulge in.

She isn't trying to use sex appeal to lure Mimika because she's a child model, she's doing it because she's a jealous creep. And her classmates don't idolize her for sex-related reasons, they idolize her because she's got a tiny bit of fame.
It is a somewhat creepy situation, but none of the creepiness so far is directly related to the nature of her modelling career.

Purple Library Guy
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Logical conclusion of this series:

Met Myself on a Dating Site

Sign me up.

Nah, I tried that and ended up in an affair with my clone. But it didn't work out.

Turns out I'm not my type.

Really? Because that piece you wrote sure seemed like things were going well . . .

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I don't know why I'm surprised seeing NSFW stuff when the mangaka's name is Eromame

I don't know why you're surprised seeing NSFW stuff when the title starts with "Super Lewd".

Purple Library Guy
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Finally, the spiritual successor to Mononoke girls academy has come!

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Here's hoping there's plenty of "Heart-pounding Excitement"!

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My god, im in tears

I got teary-eyed too. And that really does not happen often from manga, not even yuri manga. The maestro's still got it.

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Hands up anyone who can do that to a cell phone with one hand. There's more to this time travelling girl than looks.

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Casablanca has some of the most awesome "comic business" and little coups of timing. Great, great little "bits" that make such a great backdrop to the "big" stuff.

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Very much in the classic vein of Mountain Pukuichi: cute, fluffy yuri with a preoccupation on mortality and the inevitability of death. There is nothing "edgy" or dramatic about that, it's something every human must wrestle with at times, and MP is one of my favorite authors for competently mixing those elements into enjoyable stories.

Thank you very much, /u/ scanlations.

I for one was pretty morbid when I was young . . . it's the time for it, when all the disturbing ideas seem fresh and new and you take everything real serious-like.

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How could this possibly continue?

. . . Easily?
It can be presumed that nothing happened and they're not an item. And that her "Would you go out with me?" was just a quip, nothing to be taken seriously. So, in effect, the story is still just beginning.
But the embarrassment/stimulus of waking up naked next to someone could reasonably cause feelings to start stirring, shifting their relationship so that at some point, sooner or later, when she asks again she will be serious.

Purple Library Guy
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She said she wouldn't go out with her... so I bet she just vomited on her clothers so she had to undress her and just left her naked as she was.

I can see it now...

"Umm can I ask you a question?"
"Sure."
"Why are we naked?"
"Oh yeah, you vomited so I had to take your clothes off"
"Why are you naked?"
"I just like sleeping naked."
"What kind of reason is that?"

A great reason.

Purple Library Guy
Cutie Beast discussion 13 Jun 12:40
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Neither do you, you single-cell organism.

Made me laugh, good comeback from an amoeba.

Okay, everyone back to neutral sides of the petrie dish.

Now I want a good, clean fight. No flagella pulling, no hitting below the nucleolus.

Ah, c'mon! Can they at least twist cilia? I wanna see some protoplasm, here!

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Cutie Beast discussion 13 Jun 12:39
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Ch.2 first page, is this in the original or a relic of translation?
"Lady Harmony, blah blah . . . "
" . . . and you ain't calling me 'lady Harmony' any more."

But, surely she just did call her 'lady Harmony'.

Eeeh maybe she stopped calling her Harmony-sama and started calling her Harmony-san or something, like, dropped the honorifics.

I'm sure what is meant is a command to stop using the honorific and just call her Harmony. "...and you ain't [going to] call(ing) me 'lady Harmony' any more."

That seems plausible, thanks.

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Ayakashiko discussion 13 Jun 12:35
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...did they just introduce a childhood friend and put her on a bus in the same chapter?

Seems more like a "childhood harasser".

Purple Library Guy
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Witches nowadays! Why, when I was young, witches wore simple black robes without any frills, with proper black witch hats or cowls, and flew their brooms uphill both ways, in the snow. And we feared and hated them, as is proper!

Meanwhile, my wife could certainly tell you that just because one wears black doesn't mean it has to be frumpy or the same outfit every day. She still hasn't got her Morticia outfit yet, though.

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Cutie Beast discussion 12 Jun 00:41
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Ch.2 first page, is this in the original or a relic of translation?
"Lady Harmony, blah blah . . . "
" . . . and you ain't calling me 'lady Harmony' any more."

But, surely she just did call her 'lady Harmony'.

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knowing full well that its killing her inside.

That seems a bit of an exaggeration, though?

Purple Library Guy
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Art is rough. Did not think it starting off in the middle of things does anyone any favors. But the characters are funny and I love delinquents! I also love cats.

This one seems like she will be especially fun to watch when/if she falls for the inspector.(I assume that's the pairing here anyway) The inspector also seems very likeable. Her attempts to diffuse the situation were both interesting and sweet.

The art is a bit rough. I don't mind the way it starts--it's a little different, and something is happening from the beginning. It looks like it could be interesting.
Pet peeve: De-fuse. Radioactive cesium diffuses into the Pacific ocean near Fukushima. You de-fuse a situation, like removing the fuse on a powder keg, to stop it from metaphorically exploding. But weirdly, it doesn't seem like she was actually trying to do that, she was just clueless. She didn't realize she was being felt out as the possible tattler, and top left frame of p.21 makes it look to me like she really thought Ying had paid some attention to what she'd said about rule-breaking hair and was implicitly accepting correction of that as payback for the kick, or something.

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Moral of the story: if you're unhappy with the relationship you are in speak up to your partner or your friends or family adultery/cheating is a horrible thing to do

Mmm. Well, in most contexts I'd tend to agree. But the idea that everything can be solved by communication assumes that people are all going to have both flexible attitudes--that they will all listen to each other and want to do something--and fairly broad and meaningful choices available to them which will allow the communication to lead to making some choices which will have good outcomes. Those are assumptions that we make without even noticing in upper-middle-class touchy-feely educated-culture parts of the "west", even though it often isn't true even for us. Unlimited choice is part of our social mythology, one of our big social fictions.

But is it true for her? Probably not. Family or friends are going to say well, he's a typical Japanese husband and that's how it works and if she's not happy she should just suck it up and make the best of it. Live for her kids and the daytime soaps like everyone else. My wife's ex-husband is a nasty selfish bastard who treated her and the kids very badly, and when she was splitting up with him her whole community (church people, her family and so on) were on her case and on her case to work it out and stick together; all this in Canada. Enforcement of social cohesion is a bit stronger in Japan. She'd regret ever saying a word.
As to him, if he's in the fairly common kind of job situation Nevri describes, she can explain her troubles all she wants, but he can't do a damn thing about it even if he wants to. Probably he'd be resentful--he's doing his part by working hard and drinking hard and being vaguely affable when he comes home and leaves, what more does she want??--but even if he understood the only thing that changes is, he knows that she's unhappy and that he can do nothing about it. The household's atmosphere sours. Now everyone's unhappy instead of just her. Big win.

Communication is not necessarily a cureall. It's damned useful if the basic situation can let it work. However, the nature of big chunks of Japanese society seems to revolve around the careful maintenance of social fictions. You know, the kind of things that communication rips big holes in.

If you want a moral, I would say the moral of this story is that Japanese standard marriage and employment models are patriarchal and degrading for everyone who participates (because that helps prop up the authoritarian oligarchy who run things). If the situation is shitty, people will do shitty things to deal with it.
The model of marriage, family and employment being horrible crap would be to me a plausible explanation why they're having so damn much trouble getting young people to get involved in it.

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Nevri, all this stuff you're saying is no doubt fairly true (although frankly I think it's a bit of an overdone stereotype--it applies to the classic salaryman of a big business in a big city with a long term stable job, which was never anything like all of Japan and is now quite a bit less of Japan than it used to be, although they do their best to pretend the model's still there).

But if they're in the kind of relationship you describe, then who the hell cares if she cheats? What's she supposed to be even cheating on? If they're in a formal relationship to perpetuate family units, then what does who she is intimate with have to do with it?

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Sunny Rose discussion 11 Jun 16:39
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It is classic. There's a tradition of cute little throwaway shoujo romance oneshots where an adorable shy girl finds herself at the beach and ends up getting the cool guy. This is precisely one of those only better because she gets the cool girl.

Mind you . . . isn't anyone going to say it's terrible and rapey because the girl forces a kiss on her while she's semiconscious?

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Well, speaking as a husband myself, I'd like to take a dissenting view. I'm not a fan of wives cheating on their husbands or vice versa, and in chapter 1 we had essentially 0 information about the husband one way or another, so the issue of betrayal loomed pretty large for me. In this chapter, we still don't have that much, but it seems increasingly clear that we don't have that much because he's just one of those husbands who isn't around that much and considers that to be just how it works: He goes to work and makes money (and probably goes out drinking in the evening with his co-workers because it's expected, and so on), she is his housekeeper and feeds him and raises the kid. He's not nasty, but he has vacated the position of her lover. Once maybe he was a man who loved a woman, once maybe he cherished her and wanted to know more about her, once maybe he wanted to drive her wild sexually, but now it seems like all that kind of thing is just . . . not relevant, not a role related to him. Now I know this seems to be a quite traditional approach to marriage, not just in Japan but practically everywhere, but that seems to be frankly because sexism is a traditional approach practically everywhere. It still sucks.

And so frankly, if he were just not very good at being her lover, if he wasn't putting in as much effort as he used to, taking her a little for granted, then they could work on that. But if he's vacated the position he shouldn't be too surprised if someone else fills it. He may vaguely assume that the roles he assigns to her--housekeeper and mother--are therefore all there is to her, but that does not make it so.

In short: IMO, being a husband includes being your wife's lover, and I don't just mean using her for sex now and then. One of the responsibilities of the position, and a delicious one. If you fail to meet that responsibility, you have a whole lot less to complain about if someone else does.

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So, OK, uh . . . In this Eve-and-Eve paradise, they're still referring to God as "he". So then, presumably God is one of those voyeur dudes (uh, like me I suppose) who wants to see two girls getting it on.
Meanwhile, Yay Winged Victory!

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Nutmeg discussion 08 Jun 18:43
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^ That was useful - thanks :) I was wondering why it might be called nutmeg. Does nutmeg only have those properties when raw or in larger amounts? I've had it many times in various cakes etc and never noticed an effect?

William S. Burroughs, in Naked Lunch actually explains how to get stoned off nutmeg.

Why does this leave me unsurprised?
William S. Burroughs was one freaky messed up dude.

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Alternatively, she removes the bow because she wears it at school to look cute but it's actually kind of uncomfortable and can give her headaches if she keeps it on too long, and there are no plot implications whatsoever. :p
I know that's roughly how I feel about putting my hair back in a ponytail for semi-formal occasions.