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When we touch, I grow wings…… A Love and Sex story of two young women packed with growth to maturity. Yae, a girl who has a complex about how feminine she is, transfers to a girl's high school where she meets boyish and energetic Chitose. Chitose's astonishing lack of inhibition is intensely attractive…a woman's world rapidly unfolds in a bittersweet story. Plus, a Student x Teacher adult story!! Pioneer Yuri manga artist Morishima Akiko leads the way with a tender (and educational) story about young love, body image, gender roles and Yuri in Hanjuku Joshi!
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Not in a shlick/fap/shlick sense it's not.
It's a brilliantly emotional lovestory about two immature couples' trial-and-error feeling their way blindly through love & sex.
Yae (supercute small busty girl who hates herself and wishes she were a boy) and Chitose's (sports-obsessed tomboy who barely realizes that she is a girl, but isn't very troubled by it) attraction is instant, their romance sweet, juvenile, and tender... The issues they have to deal with are about their own bodies and feelings, blindly feeling their way through romance with no guidance or sources of information (getting to making out, they're genuinely confused how two girls are supposed to do it, and after crossing a few lines, are unsure if that was in fact sex or what). Or, "Their hearts matured faster than their bodies", as the mangaka puts it.
They do not face much adversity at all, since everyone but two "haters", proper prim and prudish Sensei (24) and coldly hetero-promiscuous Sempai (~18), think they're just kidding around, and even the haters just call it juvenile nonsense. Turns out those two have gone to extreme lengths to deny their own hearts and their nature, but a mutual moment of weakness tears down their carefully-built walls... and getting caught by the main couple and, in the future, unwillingly used as their (actually even more clueless) "adult lesbian" advisors finally leaves them unable to deny things any further. This adult romance between two phenomenally immature people is a bit darker, but also surprisingly cute and hilarious. Or, in the mangaka's words, "their bodies matured faster than their hearts".
There are some problems with how the plot develops.. there are so many things i would have liked to read about for example how yae's parents react to their daughters interest in girls (in fact i don't think we even see the father if there is one).. there are also a lot of other thing i would have liked to read or explore, the ending is premature somewhat. Manga has great potential and you sometimes feel that potential while reading but somewhat fails to deliver it to conclusion. one of the greatest yuri i ever read potentially but i don't even like the art that much (its not bad and the lines are clean but the faces are too childlike, feels like the main characters 5 years old something when you look at them.. somewhat kills the mood if you ask me) broke a lot of points for this even my seven rating is somewhat high at this point but i can't in good coincide go lower since i'm sure i gave higher points to worse mangas just because some random reason that makes it memorable and frankly this is not a bad read on the contrary most every yuri lover who reads this will enjoy it very much.
Good humor with all the sweetness that comes with the territory
It's a story where the biggest problem is getting to the point of having full on sex, but it's not without it's cute characters and easy laughs. "Does sensei insert her finger when doing lecherous things with girls?" "YES!" XD
Great, Despite a few Flaws
Overall the story is great, so is the art (not Mori Kaoru material, but still pretty good). The main complaint of mine is that many times the story seems a bit jumpy and stilted; one minute Yae and Chitose are just starting to get intimate, then the chapter ends. I understand that there is just so much you can put into a weekly release, but I still feel the flow of the story can be managed a little better.
I also agree with previous comments that the character depth leaves something to be desired, but overall it feels fine (I mean what do you expect? it's manga, not classical prose). Definitely worth a read or two if you're not turned off by the fact that it's a homosexual relationship...
... Last updated on November 9th, 2011, 8:05am
One girl is a Tomboy, another one is a crybaby. On the side there is also a student teacher relationship. I just read the first volume and I am beginning to think that this is the best yuri manga I have read yet. I like the art very much. Also it really turned me on!!
... Last updated on July 24th, 2009, 10:51pm
Somewhat intelligent; light-hearted; and it delivers., too.
The main attraction to yuri/shoujo ai titles for me, is the focus on the emotions of the characters. A quality guy/girl romance story will have some insight into the emotions of one, or both of the characters, that drives the relationship. But the emotions and thought process, and really the essence of love, isn't so important, because the average reader understands, and even expects, some kind of connection between two characters of the opposite sex. With yuri, it's a social taboo for the characters to have a romantic love for each other, so often, the focus of the story turns to what each charater is thinking, their rationalization for something they realize is out-of-the-norm. The focus is then, really, on the true meaning of love, or at least a character's rationalization of the experience. The whole, "This isn't normal, is it?", and "Is this love? But how can it be, when we're both girls?" experience is interesting, and exciting, and a good author will be able to convey those feelings to the reader.
Hanjuku Joshi, while not brilliant, is better than many yuri titles, in this regard. The characters, while simple and possibly lacking in depth, are cute, and easy to like. And unlike lots of titles that focus on the emotional aspect of things (and often only rarely even depict kissing), this delivers up-front. There's nudity and groping and kissing and even sex. Honestly, at times, the sex can feel like a distraction from what feels like the important aspects of the story (romance, emotions, etc), but I also can't honestly say I dislike it.
This title is a great read, if you're into what it contains, which makes me want to give it a great rating, but at the same time, it's nothing I would consider brilliant, or an important "must-read" of the genre. So a high 8 is where I settled, but ignoring the "it's not significant" aspect, it would have been mid-9s. I'm enjoying reading this.
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