I'm not ace but as a 26 year old who's never really socialised much (mental health/being trans) and didn't really get much of a childhood, reading this series over the last couple days has really helped stabilise me and helped me come to terms with my age a bit better
Thank you Shio-san <3
Great series, I hope the author writes some more adult life stuff. These two are such a mood in their interactions and just overall vibes.
Anyways hot take I think this is better than bloom into you, partly because it actually stuck the landing that was set up earlier on. It's also great to see representation of romantic relationships that explicitly do not equate to it being a thing that only exists as a thing that must involve sex. I don't think there's many pieces of fiction out there that even consider that a possibility or give it light, which is the other reason why I find it better than bloom into you and it's cheap ass ending.
Off-topic for this thread, but I invite you to come to the Bloom Into You thread and make an actual argument about how that series didn't "stick the landing that was set up earlier on" or somehow had a "cheap ass ending."
Because if the notion is that Bloom Into You was always supposed to have an aro-ace ending and swerved away from that at the end, well, I'd need to see the actual argument to conceive of that as anything except delusional wishful thinking.
Hmm what was Hinako expecting in the bed scene? She said she was disappointed but also relieved all she felt was some fluttering. Is it because she believed the feelings of love would be stronger, but was also scared it would be?
Nah, she was disappointed she didn't felt sexual desire but also relieved.
Sooo, I'm done with the Manga. The Character development was great, the story was good and the story-telling mature. I don't like it when the Story ends with the confession but in that kind of a story it didn't really matter, I guess. Sadly I still don't understand ace, I mean as long as both are happy it's good, what I don't understand is what the difference is between best friends and a ace-couple? I mean both love Fuuka too, so why couldn't she be included in the relationship? I'm still confused about Ace/Aro...
for me I didn't really feel like the ending was rushed. Would I have wanted more of their goofy shenanigans? Of course, and I feel like that's their only major sin for the manga. But I actually feel like the ending made sense.
Yuri couple actually communicates properly instead of keeping secrets and hindering their own relationship on purpose for the first time ever in a manga!
Nah, this is actually the second time such a thing has happened. Still Sick beat it to the punch.
But now that I think about it, Still Sick is one of my other all time favorites... I'm sensing a trend, but I can't quite find the commonality. Surely it couldn't be that characters reacting to their emotions in a believable way is a good thing, right? Certainly not in a story trying to be grounded in real human emotions! No, it must be because the authors both have names containing at least one consonant.
Finally finished reading this after years, really good. My only complaint is that they didn't hug each other. Be it platonic or romantic... I like some hugging.
The negative reactions to the ending a few pages back are quite confusing. I think that it was fairly noticeable from the start that the characters are not that much invested on the sexual aspect of a relationship, with Satou clearly showing some sort of aversion to it. There are other forms of romance, and there not being kissing or sex immediately (or at all) doesn't really change the affect they have for each other.
They want to be there to support each other, and for the two, that is more than enough. They have a lot to learn about themselves, and that part of their life only just began. I hope to see more yuri like this — keeping those things subtle, but not impossible to notice. It's cool when the characters are very open about what they are (Such as Ariu Aki from Okujou no Yurirei-san being very open about knowing she liked girls even as a kid, and confidently stating it) but I also enjoy seeing it being implied.
Personally, I find their relationship an ideal one. I like very much seeing 2D girls kiss each other and going further than that, but if I had to pick a "type" for myself, then this would be it.
as an ace myself, loving romance but still having a hard time understanding it due to the lack of desires, this hits right at home. this series is now an instant favorite.
and I don't think it's right to compare this to Bloom Into You. both are great series but completely different. while Hinako and Asahi are asexuals, Yuu definitely falls into the aromantic spectrum whom still feels desires. both series are a good depiction of Aro/Ace in their own way. :)