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i think their developing feeling is handled very well. we can their feeling turn from hate to love, and it is nice that both party discover each other almost at the same time without rushing. it may be a bit ambiguous, but the ending pretty much sealed the deal.
Cute and short, but maybe a bit .... TOO ambiguous?
In the bonus ch 5.5, as an afterword, the authors pretty much come out and say that the magazine ordered 'yuri' and the editors hammered home the points "ambiguity, between friendship and love" + "no sex" (sweatdrops shown on authors at this juncture) into them, time and again...
...but, really, not even any hot'n'heavy making out between the main couple? Does contain
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a peck on the cheek, an almost-kiss...and a full-on French kiss, forced and unexpected no less, BUT - coming from the Shrimp Mayo's SISTER, and only done to drive home the point that the yuri route *does* exist and is an option. NO real kissing between the MCs, though.
No flat-out confession, either (although an implied one does occur, and the receiving end does go "HUH?!" and blush like crazy). And they do end up
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living together, they do get closer (the kid calls the lead the "aunt's ...friend"), and it lasts for a few years at least, as the bonus chapter shows.
Easily one of the better shoujo ai I read, the build-up is excellent, the characters and their situations believable. Someone said it might give off a bit of a shoujo vibe.. might be true, didn't really matter though. It's a shame they left the ending with implications rather than a concrete ending. But it's all good, great read.
I've found that I can reread this manga every couple months and it still gives me the same fuzzy feelings as it did when I first read it.
The pacing is excellent and the development in the plot and the characters' relationships is pleasantly structured. The problems with it are so minute that they aren't worth pointing out, especially in comparison with a lot of other short manga. Compared with other manga of similar style, it's great, and as a yuri manga it's brilliant (as an aside, I don't get why this site still differentiates between shoujo-ai and yuri; yuri would be the correct term for it anyway, and shoujo-ai actually carries connotations of pedophilia in Japan).
The end isn't particularly ambiguous at all, at least to me. The implication is very obvious.
It'd be a joy if the authors kept going with this somehow, but as it is it's already polished and in a good finished state. Give it a try.
Wow. That was something
Even though it seems a bit too simple in the beginning I really liked the plot. And it is kinda cool. But it is really not your regular overly romantic manga. But because I don't really like stereotypical mangas the fresh ideas here were really interesting for me.
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And you may say that here we have an example of lesbian parents, I really liked that.
I really liked Kizuki Akira's short story Needles and Oranges and so was interested when I found out Lililicious would be translating another one of his/her works, although I was a little wary about the commercial-sounding "love between OLs" plot. Ebisu-san to Hotei-san is definitely many times more commercial than the indie-esque Needles and Oranges, and the hulking breasts sported by most of the characters are a distraction, but Kizuki's talent in storytelling is still evident here.
This manga's put together really well, more so than a lot of BL and shoujo than I've read... needless to say that makes it a pretty decent GL. I think this was one of the most poignant and naturally progressing depictions of bad-impressions turned couple that I've read. I liked how neither of the characters were flawless, honest goody two shoes, because despite all the press on them, most people aren't. I did wish that their story went on a little further, rather then ending with just an implication. I really liked this couple, hearing a little more of their story would have been nice.
... Last updated on September 6th, 2011, 10:03pm
Typical style of Akira Kizuki
This is something a little more sophisticated than the average yuri romance story in that it's more reflective on reality than what's idealistic.
There's no milestone confession or heavy drama scene and because of that, readers have to draw their own conclusions from the interactions between the two characters. Though the ending does pretty much clear all ambiguity.
And even though the author makes it pretty obvious, most people are not used to thinking when reading romance: they prefer to be spoon-fed by overt confessions that are quintessential of the shoujo genre.
This is not for everyone, but for those who like josei and want a change of pace or something more casual, give it a try. There's only 5 chapters after all.
... Last updated on September 5th, 2011, 4:41pm
Not my type of yuri romance...
This being a josei title attracted me and the company setting held some promise for sophisticated writing. I for one, didn't mind some of the character interactions in this title: they were certainly pleasant to read.
However, the plot development left me somewhat annoyed. In terms of certain issues, the cast do behave like adults, especially when it comes to work issues and politics('cos even adults can be childish and petty).
However, they behave like teenage girls in certain emotional interactions and some of the reasoning behind their behaviour reminds me of a shoujo instead. I believe much of the issues stem from poorly-developed personalities, just like in Mon Seul(created by the same artist/co-writer). Seriously, the entire main cast over-reacts all the time and the drama is unbelievable. Even worse, it's ridiculous how they could be mostly logical as adults in terms of work and certain aspects of their private lives but behave like brats when it comes to romance.
I could love the earlier chapters but when the romance started rolling, ugh. I dropped it around Ch 4 Pg 22.
... Last updated on August 16th, 2011, 1:22pm
Really good imho
I don't really understand the tepid reception I've seen some places online. I found this to be a very enjoyable manga. I take it some people can't handle the romance being so understated... or something. I thought the manga dealt with some very genuine emotions, and liked the characters--also really liked the art, though I guess it might turn off some readers... (well-endowed main character, etc. lol)