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Perfilmaterial
joined May 17, 2019

"If you continue this relationship at Mei's pace... You'll turn into a grandma before you get Anywhere"
THE. BEST. LINE. Of the whole citrus.

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joined Nov 21, 2014

just admit it ure all here hoping for sexy time with the art style

joined Apr 5, 2018

I just love how excited Yuzu gets over the simplest of romantic things. I laughed so hard to everyones reaction to her build up that they kissed for the first time. They all just looked so defeated. Also seeing Mei's reactions to Yuzu's deep love is always so adorable.

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joined May 7, 2017

Everyone has their own opinions on things, so I just agee(sic) to disagree on most of the community people make here.

Not a knock on you Shawn, but whenever you quote you never take > away of your response, so instead showing like this

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Nyohohoho
joined Apr 20, 2013

HonestYuriHawk posted:

Mei's reactions to Yuzu's deep love is always so adorable.

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Just kidding just kidding XD I know you what you mean, Mei in the colored page was super cute and coming out of the elevator is probably the reddest we've seen her in the entirely of the citrus verse, right? too bad the building doesn't have like 50 floors, they would've come out dripping .........sweat

Omochikaeri_thumb
joined Nov 2, 2013

They’re going to have sex when they’re grandmas

joined Jul 26, 2016

It's like some people here had never heard of Bile Fascination.

More to the point the series has enough funny spots (more often than not involving Matsuri in some fashion) and nice art to be worth following but the main storyline is about beyond saving by this point. Bitching about it is still entertaining by itself however.

Karma
joined Oct 21, 2017

Everyone has their own opinions on things, so I just agee(sic) to disagree on most of the community people make here.

Not a knock on you Shawn, but whenever you quote you never take > away of your response, so instead showing like this

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Dark_Tzitzimine
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joined Dec 18, 2013

I've always found doing that to be pretty obnoxious and sometimes making hard to recognize the answer to the quote.

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joined Dec 9, 2014

HonestYuriHawk posted:

Mei's reactions to Yuzu's deep love is always so adorable.

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Just kidding just kidding XD I know you what you mean, Mei in the colored page was super cute and coming out of the elevator is probably the reddest we've seen her in the entirely of the citrus verse, right? too bad the building doesn't have like 50 floors, they would've come out dripping .........sweat

I, on the other hand find it stupid and boring. Over reacting in small things like that is only cute when they have a crush and start realizing it, or in the first stages of their dating.

I mean, even Saburuta recognized their development is weird through Matsuri saying it.
Like, they're going to get married but Mei finds it hard to say I love you and they both get so flustered as if they just had sex inside the elevator..!! ffs. Cause getting married to your same sex gf in front of all these people and declaring your love in front of them all is less awkward than say I love you to her in private.

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joined Mar 23, 2019

Oh my god now we have a Yaya. Every high ranking Yuri series has a Sayaka, why not this one? LMFAO Saburouta.

I have turned into a dirty old lady waiting for Mei and Yuzu to fug but I know the day will come eventually. Saburouta can be a huge tease she's just riding it out as long as possible.

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joined Feb 18, 2018

Like, they're going to get married but Mei finds it hard to say I love you and they both get so flustered as if they just had sex inside the elevator..!! ffs.

Yeah, this is too unrealistic. Also the chances that 2 people who are this much into each other, sleeping on the same bed every night and never having sex is like less than 0. And they are teens no less.

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joined Jul 29, 2017

I gave this whole sequel series a re-read to see if there was something I was missing.

To be fair, as others have mentioned Sabu is even highlighting what we’re complaining about (mostly via Matsuri), so it’s not like it’s accidental. The gang all even went to (some version of) the Blue is the Warmest Color movie, with that on-the-nose comment about explicit sex being unnecessary compared to a simple kiss.

That being said, a number of people have put forth the theory that Mei’s character is in fact consistent—that she feels bad about her previous treatment of Yuzu and now wants to “act properly” towards her. What she actually says is,

        “Before marriage, there’s dating. And we’ve only just started. 
       And in order to respond to her sincerity, I should properly go through the steps from the very beginning.”

Assuming the translation is basically accurate, this really doesn’t make a lot of sense, or at least doesn’t tell us much.

First of all, not all of Mei and Yuzu’s romantic interactions from Chapter 24 onwards were abusive or duplicitous—they were into each other, they went on dates, they made out. Why would they suddenly need to start with a perfectly clean slate, as if they were adolescents who just met?

Even if Mei feels like she previously acted badly towards Yuzu, that aggressive, confident, bossy yet emotionally damaged and privately vulnerable Mei is the person who Yuzu fell in love with. If Mei had been this trembly, tongue-tied, blushing introvert from the start Yuzu never even would have noticed her.

Mei positions her current attitude as being for Yuzu’s sake (“to respond to her sincerity”), but actually it doesn’t seem to have much to do with Yuzu at all. In fact, Yuzu is altering herself to be more like Mei wants—studying hard, holding herself back from physical affection, always looking to Mei for approval and affection, while Mei holds her at arm’s length.

This series has always been rather bizarre in its main premise and very, very uneven in the execution of its storytelling, but the one thing it definitely had going for it was the crazy sexual chemistry between the leads. It’s almost as if Sabu is trolling the audience by reverting the characters to a very chaste pre-teen level of romantic interaction, and inserting commentary by the other characters to demonstrate that’s exactly what she’s doing.

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Ke%20(5)
joined Feb 10, 2016

I still think Yuzu deserves a better gf than Mei.....
I already don't like Sayaka (cause she's a mini-Mei)
Why do these girls (Yuzu and Miyubi) feel attracted to cold characters? It's just boring

Ke%20(5)
joined Feb 10, 2016

just admit it ure all here hoping for sexy time with the art style

Somewhat. Im just waiting for Mei to act like a normal human being. It's like she jumped from being a sexual predator to being a robot devoid of emotions which she only shows occasionally

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joined Feb 18, 2018

This series has always been rather bizarre in its main premise and very, very uneven in the execution of its storytelling, but the one thing it definitely had going for it was the crazy sexual chemistry between the leads. It’s almost as if Sabu is trolling the audience by reverting the characters to a very chaste pre-teen level of romantic interaction, and inserting commentary by the other characters to demonstrate that’s exactly what she’s doing.

And what would your guess be as to the reason Sabu is doing this? I mean, surely it must be affecting the series popularity?

My only guess is that maybe they are trying to make them hold back for as many chapters as possible before going into a makeout frenzy for effect? That would be stupid but forgivable, yet I don't have hopes...

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joined Feb 14, 2019

I don't usually comment, but with the chorus of complaints I feel like I should stand up and be counted among the ones who liked it. I like that Mei is finding herself, embracing what she wants, for the school and for her personal life, and trying to find ways to show Yuzu how she feels.

I liked they way the first series ended, with a promise about the future (the wedding), and that now, secure in that promise, we get to see the growth of their relationship, but we have to remember that future is still a long way off.

It has been many long years for us, but for the characters, in universe, it has been hardly any time at all. They are teenagers, still in high school FFS. They are still discovering who they are themselves (especially Mei). I really identify with Mei, and it seems like most of the time she barely even understands her own emotions, but she loves Yuzu and she doesn't want to hurt her, so of course she wants to go slow. It has been made clear that Yuzu and Mei are sexually attracted to each other, so I'm sure they will get there eventually.

Sex is part of the relationship scenery, some check it out right away, others take the scenic route and some never get there at all. It is not the finish line, it doesn't "make" the relationship. I'm not against sex in romance stories (eg I like the way sex is used in Hanjuku Joshi), but I really don't think there is any hard and fast rule about when/if it has to come in to make things "real".

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joined Jul 29, 2017

This series has always been rather bizarre in its main premise and very, very uneven in the execution of its storytelling, but the one thing it definitely had going for it was the crazy sexual chemistry between the leads. It’s almost as if Sabu is trolling the audience by reverting the characters to a very chaste pre-teen level of romantic interaction, and inserting commentary by the other characters to demonstrate that’s exactly what she’s doing.

And what would your guess be as to the reason Sabu is doing this? I mean, surely it must be affecting the series popularity?

My only guess is that maybe they are trying to make them hold back for as many chapters as possible before going into a makeout frenzy for effect? That would be stupid but forgivable, yet I don't have hopes...

I certainly don’t believe that Sabu thinks of herself as trolling readers, but it seems obvious that she’s hyper-aware of audience expectations and is well aware that she’s subverting them (as Matsuri keeps reminding us).

What the rationale for doing so is a real puzzler, though. This is a series that featured a sexualized kiss in Chapter 1, and a very sincere mutual kissing session in Chapter 8, along with a number of other examples subsequent to that. As I mentioned, all these dozens of chapters later Mei’s current attitude wants to in effect wipe all that away in favor of a highly moralistic chastity.

The main series was pretty unequivocal—when it came to their relationship, Yuzu was right (they loved each other and needed to be together) and Mei was wrong (they couldn’t be together, she needed to sacrifice herself for the family, etc.). The way that series ended seemed to suggest that Mei had yielded to Yuzu’s way of thinking, and they were going to make their way forward on an entirely new basis.

That’s why the first chapter of Citrus+ was so surprising, on this re-read even kind of shocking—when they finally reunited, they almost but not quite touched fingers not, god forbid, held hands. It could almost (but not quite) make sense if this series were told entirely from the point of view of the secondary characters, on the outside looking in at the Yuzu-Mei relationship and trying to piece together the public cues to figure out what’s going on with them.

But in fact we’re given a good deal of Mei & Yuzu’s home life, you know, where they sleep in the same bed every fucking night, but we actually see considerably more skinship between Mei and Himeko and between Yuzu and Harumin than we do between the leads. (I’m not saying they need to be overtly sexual, but certainly I have no idea why we can’t see them chatting and cuddling in bed.)

(The only way we know they aren’t as completely celibate as a pair of medieval nuns is because of the interleaved Chapter 41 from the main series—as if an on-panel kiss would disrupt the space-time continuum of Citrus+.)

So your theory is as good as any other—this is all a slow-burn tease leading up to a volcanic eruption of the sexual energy that was once the calling card of this series. But, then, in the past I often used to get excited thinking that Sabu had something amazing up her sleeve that would make everything suddenly fall into place.

I don’t do that anymore.

last edited at Oct 19, 2019 10:42PM

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joined Feb 18, 2018

Welp, what can I say :-(

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joined Dec 9, 2014

I seriously think Saburuta doesn't allow them to kiss or do more solely to keep the interest of the readers, because besides that, there's nothing else to look forward to the story. The new characters are just an excuse to keep the story going.

I also disagree that they have chemistry. For me, chemistry to put it very generally is how they interact, not them constantly blushing and holding back.
There was also no built up in their relationship. It was always Yuzu going after Mei. I don't see any chemistry in that. And even in the first chapters that Mei was acting out and kissing Yuzu, that was to punish her. Even these kisses were bad because you could feel Mei being either cold and unmoving or punishing Yuzu.
The (literally) only time I've felt nice and chemistry with this couple was when Yuzu had sneaked in Mei's bed during their school trip.

I also really feel like we'll never get anything more than a kiss that won't last long. I doubt there will ever be an intimate scene too, but if that happens in the very last chapter, it will be a fade to black before showing anything.

joined Feb 14, 2019

It seems like people are reading a different story than I am, so it feels like it would be constructive to describe what I've read.

Previous chapter (6) Mei let Yuzu know (obliquely, but this is Mei we are talking about) that she wants, and values, the support she gives her, even going so far as to declare it in front of the board (& Yuzu in turn told Mei how happy that made her). Mei has devoted most of her life to the school and her family legacy, making Yuzu part of that is a huge deal.

This chapter (7) Yuzu talks to her friends and thinks about what she what she wants from her relationship in the present, and sets out to get it. She gets her stolen moment, telling Mei what she is doing, that it is precious to her, and in the process showing her that if they understand their feelings, romance can be as simple as a few seconds together. And because she explained her feelings, Mei felt it too (remember this is Mei, who had a panic attack about deviating from that perfect date script).

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joined Jul 29, 2017

Why should “a few stolen seconds” be a big deal when they live in same house and sleep together every night?

The only reason those moments can be made to seem especially significant is because we aren’t shown all the other minutes, hours, and days they implicitly spend together.

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joined May 20, 2019

I seriously think Saburuta doesn't allow them to kiss or do more solely to keep the interest of the readers, because besides that, there's nothing else to look forward to the story. The new characters are just an excuse to keep the story going.

That's a bit of a harsh generalization. I'm so firmly attached to and in love with these characters that I could watche them in any number of situations and be entertained. And the new characters seem to have potential. Hopefully their motivations will be explored and they'll become welcome additions to the cast, unlike say the twins or Shirapon.

Also keep in mind, this is only Volume 2 out of of who knows how many. And the manga's popularity is still as high as ever. There's still plenty of room to explore Yuzu and Mei's relationship as well as the other characters.

You're free to have your own opinion and dislike this work, as all of your points are valid. But contrary to what this discussion may have you believe, some people, like myself, still love this story and these characters. Please don't invalidate that.

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joined Mar 8, 2019

Now I haven’t re-read the series but from what I can recall, Mei and Yuzu aren’t at all acting out of character.

Mei’s hesitance to continue the previous sexual nature of their relationship seems to be rooted mostly in her lack of experience with romance. She knows about sex and lust but she doesn’t know about love.

Mei is essentially a robot trying to update her emotional system.

Yuzu hasn’t changed. She’s still considerate of Mei’s feelings but now, she’s also aware of Mei’s status. She pursued Mei relentlessly but realizes that Mei has responsibilities and there are consequences to their relationship which is why she’s bettering herself so she can stand by Mei and support her.

Mei is reciprocating in her way. She’s thinking about securing her future as Chairwoman as well as considering Yuzu.

She didn’t berate Yuzu for wanting to take the entrance exams at the school she wants to get into, isn’t telling her it’s a waste of time though it’s probably incredibly difficult to get into Mei’s college of choice.

Of course they know they love each other but they both also know there are other things they have to concern themselves with since it’s their last year in high school...

And if Yuzu is trying to get into Mei’s college she’s probably got her nose in books instead of Mei’s panties.

Perhaps the fact that Mei broke off her engagement, cancelled the wedding that Mei’s been preparing for during the months they were apart, abated her sexual desires somewhat. She’s still in cloud nine over the fact that Mei didn’t go through with it and before the red hot devil could poke and whisper ‘sex’, Mei hit her with that I love you for the first time so her giddiness is outweighing her sexual proclivities.

I’m in the minority but Citrus always felt very gratuitous to me so I’m enjoying the focus on subtle romance. This direction makes their inevitable sexual encounter more romantic and fruitful.

They both need to mature a little more, emotionally speaking.

As for the new characters, Sayaka seems to be robot Mei reincarnated. It’s like we’re being shown just how much Mei has changed thanks to Yuzu.

Of course, this is all just my interpretation of the story.

joined Feb 14, 2019

Why should “a few stolen seconds” be a big deal when they live in same house and sleep together every night?

And a posy is just lawn clippings... it is about the feelings behind it. I'm not sure why this needs explaining since getting a crazy high from being near each other is a thing in pretty much every love story ever written. Yuzu is talking a few seconds "off" to bask in her feelings at a time when she would otherwise have been doing something else. Love isn't really rational like that, even if we want to get animal behavioral science about it, regular little symbolic bonding gestures are important to reinforce pair bonds.

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