Sad to come to this point, but it was bound to happen anyway, and at least it was on a good note. Weird thing though, a couple of pages in I started listening to a Youtube video (『 U l t i m a t e K a r s 』- "Pillar Man Theme (Awaken)" the 1 hr replay) and the vocals started just when Ise asked Shima to stay the night together and it fit. Perfectly. Every time there was a plot twist or change of story tone, the music fit. Perfectly.
While I don't necessarily mind that they didn't put a label on it, ... lack of one is almost what separated them in this chapter :P The label clearly mattered to them enough that Shima was fully ready to accept the separation ("we're not family, we're not dating, I have no right to stop you"), and this was only saved by the benevolent author.
I suppose I didn't say the most important thing - despite all that, I really liked the story, and I wish there was more of it.
Though more accurately it was the lack of communication that nearly separated them not the label. I think calling it something or not I’m glad they can finally be honest that their bliss is each other. And for me, I don’t like traditional romance in my life (tho yuri manga sure is great) and ise and shima gave me the image of what I want to build with people around me.
Imo I don’t care if they fuck in shima’s room (cause apparently they’re in there a lot) or are completely asexual, I think it matters that they aren’t girlfriends, they’re simply “Ise-san and Shima-san” :)
What an ending, I mean this was basically a confession without the "I love you" or kiss, which is fine in it's own way, although I feel like they should have said they loved each other at least because Shima seems to want more of a defined relationship. But I do expect them to get the one bedroom apartment in Osaka and maybe just start making out one day like Kasumi and Sakurako definitely do on the side.
I can appreciate these relationships without labels but idk it definitely felt a little forced that Shima was literally like "I don't have the right to stop you because we aren't even dating" and would have just let Ise go if it wasn't for them getting transferred together, and somehow that didn't lead to a confession or even an "I love you" to prove that they do have something special.
They don't need to formally confess and ask each other out but there should at least be some vocalization of how they feel about each other to stop situations like that happening in the future.
Even if it's not Yuri, this is still as sweet as the kind of yuri I love to read from this site. Even something as simple as them saying stuff that makes the other go "You're gonna make me blush!" is a delicious moment of fluff that you don't get from two established characters. So even if they haven't reached a level of a relationship most would consider a couple, their activities they do as a pair, and the way they play off of each other, is literally just as much if not more, because it's less arbitrary and more grounded than a pair who are just written to be attracted to each other.
So, in short, this will have been one of my favorite Yuri mangas I've read. <3
On the one hand, it makes sense to keep things platonic between Ise and Shima, even if it's a bit strange that they're using their last names after all this time.
On the other hand, it doesn't feel as though much has changed between them. Not every series like this has to be yuri, but (ideally) romance arcs involve a sense of progression, with the characters changing over time and growing closer. It seemed as though the idea of a transfer was abruptly brought up in the last chapter just to provide some semblance of a climax.
Speaking of the transfer, it might have been interesting to see Ise and Shima have to go their separate ways, with Shima supporting Ise's decision to leave for the sake of her career rather than insist that she stays, which would result in a more bittersweet ending. The boss suddenly announcing that Shima's going with Ise feels like a copout.
This page brought back in an immediate and visceral way what my last breakup was like. I don't know if anybody who hasn't been through it can understand how absolutely devastating and wasted the morning after that particular kind of sleepless night can feel. A lot happened in this chapter, and I really like the way in which it played out was used to show how the relationship between Ise and Shima works. It's clear that neither of them think they're in a romantic relationship with each other, but it's equally clear that they're not just friends (even close friends) or roommates. I really want this series to come back someday just to see where the two of them end up. This is one of my favorite stories on this site.
On the one hand, it makes sense to keep things platonic
If you think this is platonic I think you might need to take a closer look at your relationships. This is definitely a step beyond platonic.
Perhaps I should rephrase that to say "not explicitly romantic" (i.e. one of the two telling the other that she loves her, having their feelings reciprocated and officially calling themselves a couple).
image of challenge list with “have sex” written on it
Shima: ise-chin did you secretly get a boyfriend!
Ise: deadpan no we spend all our time together you know
Shima: ah. Then why’s this on the list?
Ise: well since neither of us ever have when we find someone to fall in love with we will suck at it
Shima: Speak for yourself!
Ise:*sparkly awe-filled eyes* you have?!
Shima: yea… totally that one time… I think… well what even counts as… both depressed