Took me a moment to remember the characters. Also yeah the drama is a bit much, but a nice balance with the rest of the chapter. Also god damn she look good with short hair, the author really know how to make the character beauty stand out.
Yeah, I have seen this exact dynamic play out in real life a number of times (and it's possible I've been Mio myself). It feels very realistic. That dynamic is painful and rarely works out well, but sometimes you just gotta let it play out because you want it to go well so badly.
The shift in art style going back this far is almost strong enough to give me whiplash. It's like going back a console generation. Also there's somebody's underwear like every third panel.
Lol what an apt metaphor... can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years since the first chapter!! But even back then with everyone’s underwear I think it was still a pretty realistic slice of life for high school girls... I remember reading it and thinking wow reminds me of the silly antics my classmates used to get up to back in the day.. I’d say the “fan service” has leveled up too... if before it seemed like the underwear flashing was meant for the reader, now it feels like it’s more earned for the characters/the characters enjoy it too vs the reader just being a voyeur.