From Hachimitsu Scans: "I read somewhere that Hagino had lost the data for ch. 27 while she was working on it, so she had to do it over (I think someone said she mentioned it in one of her YouTube videos), but she didn’t have enough time to finish 27 entirely, so it was split in 2, but since it was going to be one chapter anyway, the volume will just combine the two into one, and end volume 7 with chapter 28."
Explains why there was no chapter in March despite a break not being planned and why 27 was split. Poor Hagino-sensei, that must've sucked.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I just recently noticed that Konatsu's father is still wearing his wedding ring, so it can be assumed that Konatsu's mother is dead rather than divorced.
Since this chapter sets up Konatsu being without Koyuki in her third year of high school, I hope it doesn't get skimmed over or outright skipped because there's potential there. Both with Konatsu's point of view where she takes over the aquarium club and has to live up to Koyuki's legacy, and from Koyuki's where she tries to get used to her new life in Tokyo. And then they could meet a few times throughout the year before reuniting for good at the end with Konatsu also going back to Tokyo.
^That sounds great, but if thwy do go in detail with that, that just means there may be even more chapters of them separated so I hope we can have a good handful of chapters of them together before that ;w;
Yeah, same. Like, come on, let them go on a cute non-explicitly-romantic-but-totally-romantic Christmas date.
I'd really like to see them go to the next Summer Festival and have it go better, myself. No overzealous dads trying to crash the party, no misunderstanding when Konatsu tries to ask Koyuki about their feelings.
I couldn't remember if summer had already passed but yeah, I guess it hasn't so that could still happen too. They go up a school year in chapter 24 and since then Konatsu took some time off from the club, but they didn't say anything about summer break so it should be coming up soon in the story. Maybe it'll happen.
Think if it ended on this chapter, that would be the lamest ending ever.
This manga really devolved through time into a weird touchy, feely depression story. Odd. It started off super yuri.
The two girls fit together so well and yet...they don't hang out anymore because no reason, they just get super depressed on their own. It's weird the different directions this has taken simply to avoid being yuri at all.
If they're just friends and say goodbye and then say hello in Tokyo then fuck, I'm gonna' cry. It would be the perfect bad ending of a girls' friendship but not friendship manga. Two girls isolated on their own but still friends because they're in yuri jail, manga.
Maybe they were afraid of being gay? Super scary.
Everything was undoubtedly pointing that way initially. Maybe author had to go in another direction once they knew it was getting publication? Depression/loneliness manga is way more accessible. A lot of people really hate gay manga.
It just doesn't feel like a true expression of the mangaka's will anymore. This story is screaming for beautiful girls' love. How do you explain how this or that girl suddenly just decided to stop hanging out at all? It's inexplicable. It's felt unnatural for a while.
There was no reason they had to stop hanging out unless...editor didn't like it. But that's just my suspicion I guess. Maybe the author really wanted to go that way? It makes no sense to me since their depression didn't have a cause.
But gay lady love has a cause, and that's cuz smelly girls are lovely.
unfortunately to me, this rift felt painfully realistic. i've had similar rifts that seem to come from nowhere, but the both of you are hurting and don't know how to resolve it until admitting your vulnerability. in a lot of manga, i think the solution doesn't seem to fit the issue, but in this case it was perfect - they just needed to communicate to assuage both of their fears.
i am just as baffled as everyone by the lack of yuri this far in, though. not because it's gotten less gay - but because it's gotten MORE so. this drama felt far more characteristic of a fight in a relationship just before you agree to become serious about it. i don't know how this will be able to culminate in anything short of "life partners who live together" if nothing else.