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joined Feb 18, 2015

I absolutely LOVE the way she didn't show all of Yuu's left hand until page 15 when she waves to Touko and then you see the Promise ring, followed immediately by the picture of Touko with her ring on the next page.

All in all I thought this was a well done final episode. It showed enough of the future of the main couple to give us a HEA in progress feeling, while giving updates on the side plots as well with the obvious expansion of Echo; the open discussion about Riko between the manager and Touko about her not being able to go to the acting troupe as much as she used to; Sayaka's new girlfriend announcement, which I presume is something that we'll read about in the light novels about her; Rei living with Hiro and advocating for Yuu to move in with Touko (without telling mom that they are more than roommates), Koyomi's first novel being published; Yuu being out to at least a portion of her friends, since Natsuki teases her about wanting to finally meet her girlfriend, though evidently Doujima is still in the dark; Akira and Doujima appear to be dating at this point, which was expected; and Maki is still Maki, though possibly a slightly more mature version of himself... still the observer, just not quite so meddlesome.

It would have been nice to have the story cover the two young women moving in together and confronting their parents together as a couple. It seems that Yuu is not out to her parents yet, but, really, unless Yuu puts her ring on after leaving the house or Touko doesn't wear her ring when she goes to Yuu's family's house or store, it's almost certain that her mother will have seen the two of them together wearing the promise rings, or "couple rings" and it's clear that Yuu spends the night at Touko's apartment on a fairly regular basis. So unless her mother is completely naive, she should have figured out by now that there is something going on between the two of them, especially since her daughter has never mentioned any boys she was interested in throughout high school and college...

And on that note, it's clear that Yuu is getting close to being done with college, possibly quicker than Touko because of Touko concentrating more on acting than classes, since she's going to job fairs. (I liked the little dig that Sayaka got in on Touko about whether she was keeping up with her studies.) Job fairs are usually something you do starting around your junior year. Not something Touko needs to do, of course, since it sounds like she's already getting professional jobs, at least occasionally, in addition to college club performances and such.

It really wrapped things up well, with that one exception of not dealing with their relationship being open with their parents... But you can't have everything... Maybe that's in the bonus chapter in the volume?

That color page at the very end really got me

Yeah! It was super-effective!

EDIT: I'm trying to decide now if this is my favorite yuri manga of all time, or if "Girl Friends" is still in that spot... ("Whispered Words" was also very close...)... I'm thinking this one might just have bumped the rest down a notch...

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Capturar
joined Jun 27, 2018

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

She was never more than a side character.

If you consider the light novel (and you should because it's canon), Sayaka actually has the longest storyline in the YagaKimi universe.

joined Feb 18, 2015

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

She was never more than a side character.

If you consider the light novel (and you should because it's canon), Sayaka actually has the longest storyline in the YagaKimi universe.

Yeah, she's got her own sequel series in light novels, that ARE getting published in the US. How can that be considered lack of development?

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joined Jul 29, 2017

And on that note, it's clear that Yuu is getting close to being done with college, possibly quicker than Touko because of Touko concentrating more on acting than classes, since she's going to job fairs. (I liked the little dig that Sayaka got in on Touko about whether she was keeping up with her studies.)

That was a little thing I was wondering about--both the question and Touko's hesitation in answering.

(It's not like Sayaka to have Touko at a loss in regard to academics, so, as you say, she apparently has expanded her horizons beyond book learning.)

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joined Jul 29, 2017

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

She was never more than a side character.

If you consider the light novel (and you should because it's canon), Sayaka actually has the longest storyline in the YagaKimi universe.

Sure, my point being that Nakatani deftly dealt with all the Sayaka-love among readers by splitting her off into the LNs rather than having her impinge narratively on the MCs.

In terms of the manga itself Sayaka was the most present and significant (in the latter regard tied with the dead but omnipresent Mio) of the secondary characters.

When I get a good deal more time than I have at the moment I'm planning on doing a paean to Sayaka as a fictional construction. Preview: Nakatani-sensei has done an amazing job of creating an exceptional version of a character type that is usually among my least favorite.

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Rowow
joined Jun 12, 2017

GROWN UP YUU <3

joined Jun 30, 2016

What an amazing story, i love it from start to finish, that ending was fantastic! i would have like it if they had shown Sayakas girlfriend though haha! btw the meaning on Yuu and Toukos rings its sooo fitting to both of them! :D

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joined Sep 26, 2019

All great things must come to an end as they say. It was a roller coaster of emotions, but one I'll never regret riding. A truly beautiful story.

I'll have to thank Nakatani-sensei and anyone who worked on this series by buying the volumes the next time I get a chance.

joined Mar 25, 2013

Perfect.
Considering we're getting the Sayaka novel(s) translated as well it's even more perfect. Which they will probably release around the same time as the 7th manga volume since that one also releases in February.
The perfectest.

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joined Oct 13, 2015

I'm going to miss getting the updates for these chapters. It was long but never boring.
Though it's much better to have an ending than stringing this along forever.

Tron-legacy
joined Dec 11, 2017

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

She was never more than a side character.

Well, outside of the spinoff. ;p

10466e3de
joined Oct 25, 2014

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko.

The funny thing is that she's actually more like Yuu than Touko.

Tron-legacy
joined Dec 11, 2017

And on that note, it's clear that Yuu is getting close to being done with college, possibly quicker than Touko because of Touko concentrating more on acting than classes, since she's going to job fairs. (I liked the little dig that Sayaka got in on Touko about whether she was keeping up with her studies.)

That was a little thing I was wondering about--both the question and Touko's hesitation in answering.

(It's not like Sayaka to have Touko at a loss in regard to academics, so, as you say, she apparently has expanded her horizons beyond book learning.)

Well,Japan is a little more casual about university than in the west. There, High school is more of a grinder, and college is more laid back. Pair that with her career, it's not that surprising that Touko isn't focusing on academics as much. Still, she gets a little defensive with Sayaka, showing she still takes some pride and motivation from at least making progress toward her degree, even if it's not the priority it was in high school.

I mostly just took it as her not stressing out over being perfect anymore.

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joined Sep 7, 2016

Beautiful.

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joined May 27, 2015

Be on the lookout for Nakatani's soon to be smash hit, 'Mio Nanami's Adventures In Another Land!'

Coming t-today wednesday

Funny, I didn't make the connection that Mio got truck-kun'd and truck-kun is a popular meme plot device to land the (usually a loser) MC into an isekai.

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joined Jul 22, 2018

Nice ending.

Nakatani has stated she won't be doing another yuru series in the future

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joined Sep 19, 2017

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

I thought she was getting a spin off from this series, I assume we see her girlfriend in that. Or was that just rumors.

Sayaka already got spin-off, it’s not a rumor lol. It’s just that it’s a light novel not a manga but Nakatani was the illustrator. There were already 2 books out, and the third book will be released on 2020. And we surely see Haru’s design on this 3rd book.

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko

If I’m correct that it was Haru-chan in the end of the 2nd book, Sayaka indeed described her like a “dog”, and sort of lively... so she seems an opposite of Touko, more like Yuu probably.

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10466e3de
joined Oct 25, 2014

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

I thought she was getting a spin off from this series, I assume we see her girlfriend in that. Or was that just rumors.

Sayaka already got spin-off, it’s not a rumor lol. It’s just that it’s a light novel not a manga but Nakatani was the illustrator. There were already 2 books out, and the third book will be released on 2020. And we surely see Haru’s design on this 3rd book.

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko

If I’m correct that it was Haru-chan in the end of the 2nd book, Sayaka indeed described her like a “dog”, and sort of lively... so she seems an opposite of Touko, more like Yuu probably.

And more importantly, when Haru called Sayaka "senpai," Sayaka got reminded of Yuu, who used to call Touko "senpai" as well. Basically, the novel makes it pretty clear Haru is meant to be Sayaka's "Yuu."

last edited at Oct 2, 2019 9:08PM

joined Nov 5, 2017

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

I thought she was getting a spin off from this series, I assume we see her girlfriend in that. Or was that just rumors.

Sayaka already got spin-off, it’s not a rumor lol. It’s just that it’s a light novel not a manga but Nakatani was the illustrator. There were already 2 books out, and the third book will be released on 2020. And we surely see Haru’s design on this 3rd book.

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko

If I’m correct that it was Haru-chan in the end of the 2nd book, Sayaka indeed described her like a “dog”, and sort of lively... so she seems an opposite of Touko, more like Yuu probably.

And more importantly, when Haru called Sayaka "senpai," Sayaka got reminded of Yuu, who used to call Touko "senpai" as well. Basically, the novel makes it pretty clear Haru is meant to be Sayaka's "Yuu."

(Reply to Shojie's and this comment)
The vague description we got from Sayaka about Haru doesn't make her seem like either Yuu or Touko. A girl full of life, clothed in spring, a lot of movement, seemingly shy enough but still had the courage to approach Sayaka... yeah, definitely not a Yuu. Yuu is much quieter, not very energetic, a kind girl but can be blunt when the time calls for it. Haru seems more genki? Not totally but kinda like that (we'll find out later I guess...). Touko is closer personality-wise since she is a cute dork, but is still remarkably different.
I do agree that Haru is "Yuu" in a way- she will be the girl who will "save" Sayaka, but in a different way Yuu did with Touko.

10466e3de
joined Oct 25, 2014

really disappointed by the lack of development of sayaka, we didn't even saw her girlfriend, it's like she's no more than a side character now.

I thought she was getting a spin off from this series, I assume we see her girlfriend in that. Or was that just rumors.

Sayaka already got spin-off, it’s not a rumor lol. It’s just that it’s a light novel not a manga but Nakatani was the illustrator. There were already 2 books out, and the third book will be released on 2020. And we surely see Haru’s design on this 3rd book.

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko

If I’m correct that it was Haru-chan in the end of the 2nd book, Sayaka indeed described her like a “dog”, and sort of lively... so she seems an opposite of Touko, more like Yuu probably.

And more importantly, when Haru called Sayaka "senpai," Sayaka got reminded of Yuu, who used to call Touko "senpai" as well. Basically, the novel makes it pretty clear Haru is meant to be Sayaka's "Yuu."

(Reply to Shojie's and this comment)
The vague description we got from Sayaka about Haru doesn't make her seem like either Yuu or Touko. A girl full of life, clothed in spring, a lot of movement, seemingly shy enough but still had the courage to approach Sayaka... yeah, definitely not a Yuu. Yuu is much quieter, not very energetic, a kind girl but can be blunt when the time calls for it. Haru seems more genki? Not totally but kinda like that (we'll find out later I guess...). Touko is closer personality-wise since she is a cute dork, but is still remarkably different.
I do agree that Haru is "Yuu" in a way- she will be the girl who will "save" Sayaka, but in a different way Yuu did with Touko.

I wasn't talking about personality per se. Just the feel to it. Like in this scene from the novel when Haru literally reminds Sayaka of Yuu:

“I’m in your hands, senpai.” The girl jokes lightly, moving to stand beside me.
“Senpai, huh…” I let out a little chuckle at the sound of the word.
The girl tilts her head a little in response.
“It’s nothing.” I had just recalled a certain junior whom I’d never be able to forget even if I wanted to. I say ‘recall’ but to be fair, we do still see each other once in a while. In fact, I see her more often than I see Touko. It’s easy for us to meet anyway. Not just physically, but emotionally.

Also, I don't think Haru is meant to "save" Sayaka. The theme the novel is developing with Sayaka is the she fucked up all her relationships because she was too passive and always followed others instead of taking the initiative. So having a little underclassman as love interest is meant to push her out of her comfort zone. For once Sayaka has to be the assertive one and take the lead.

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joined Dec 16, 2014

Later on Touko and Yuu finally meet the mysterious "Haru-chan" Sayaka has been dating and it looks, acts and sounds exactly like Touko.
Yuu: "Well, this is rather alarming."
Touko: "So that's what you needed my DNA and hair samples for. You minx!"
Haru-chan: "KILL ME!!!!!! I WANT TO DIEEEEE!!!!"
Sayaka throws up her arms and goes: "My catchphrase!"
(cue laugh track from the completely legit live studio audience)

You got wild imagination.I dig it. Tell me more.

Bldrnner
joined Mar 3, 2019

Also, I don't think Haru is meant to "save" Sayaka. The theme the novel is developing with Sayaka is the she fucked up all her relationships because she was too passive and always followed others instead of taking the initiative. So having a little underclassman as love interest is meant to push her out of her comfort zone. For once Sayaka has to be the assertive one and take the lead.

Yeah, I can't wait to see Sayaka's power top moves.

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joined Oct 22, 2018

Nakatani has stated she won't be doing another yuru series in the future

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From what I've heard, for Nakatani, the "non-yuri stories" category also includes the " stories that include yuri, but yuri isn't the main focus of those stories" category.

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joined Jan 4, 2017

Oh my god that was such a good ride! ;; definitely one of the most satisfying series

Also who's that other person with the 4 they met up with? The one in the right most

joined Jan 19, 2017

This series has been my obsession for who knows how long now, ever since I first laid my eyes on it. No other manga I was subscribed to on this site could get me as excited and agitated the moment I saw a new chapter appear in my email alerts. It is, as many others have said already, what I would consider a work of art. And with its ending finalized, the promise of its potential fulfilled, I think it really is time for it to be canonized as one of the classics of the genre.

I would ramble on for another fourty paragraphs about the last chapter but I already subjected my partner to that torture so I'll spare the forum. I will just say that I greatly appreciated all the little nods to various characters and that the full color ending pages were perfectly, heart-rendingly placed.

I love this series, and I would like to think that it has taught me something about what love could be and how fallible humans are. But above all, it is of course a story about Touko and Yuu, two characters with a dynamic I heavily relate to, and if I could say anything to Nakatani directly ever, I would have to say thank you for having given life to them in the first place and told their story with such mastery.

This is a nostalgic moment for me, seeing the series end (minus bonus chapters), and I'm very moved right now. It'll be a long time before another series can capture me so, but until then, Yagakime will be the shining pinnacle of storytelling for me to aspire towards.

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