Thoughts on She, Her Camera and Her Seasons [Yuri Review]

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    Hey guys, it’s Ike. I was sick last week and I couldn’t help but to tweet about how sick I was. I also couldn’t stop trying to write my short story that’ll never come into fruition. On one fateful night, I was binging through a lot of manga I’d never read before and I came across a yuri manga called She, Her Camera and Her Seasons.

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    Short summary: It’s about a girl named Akari who becomes friend with the quiet girl in class, Yuki. She’s introduced to photography and starts garnering feelings for Yuki. However, this feeling becomes troublesome as a boy in her class, Rintaro, begins openly flirting with her.

    When I first read that summary, I thought to myself, “Do I really want to read another story about a love triangle?” Then I realize, “Haha. What am I thinking? I’ll do it anyways and regret it later. I never learn.”

    I recommend reading the manga first as it only has ten chapters up right now. It’s not a bad manga. I’ve been enjoying it so far.

    First things first, Rintaro is the saving grace in this manga. Maybe it’s weird for some people because I know there are “purist” in the yuri community who don’t want to have any association with males. He is also the cause of trouble for the two girls because he creates a love triangle. However, that’s not his fault and without him, the story wouldn’t be same as Yuki might not be the same.

    Here’s how the love triangle goes: Akari likes Yuki; Yuki likes Rintaro (maybe?); Rintaro likes Akari.

    Akari is a great character and she encapsulate a growing girl in this big world. She’s poor and tired of acting like she cares around her group of friends. She craves for something different and that’s why she decides to follow Yuki on one fateful lunch. When she starts having feelings for Yuki, she doesn’t fully understand it. Although it seems like she understands the norm because her group of friends (whom she abandoned for Yuki) begins teasing her about being gay. It doesn’t help the fact that Yuki is Yuki as she shows them the picture of them kissing.

    Speaking of the kiss scene… To Yuki, that might’ve been a picture moment, but that’s an intimate moment for Akari. It further confuses Akari on whether Yuki might share the same feelings or not. Then for the big hitter which is chapter eight; Akari builds up her courage to confess to Yuki. She holds her hand, hoping that Yuki would return it, but unfortunately she leaves her empty handed in order to take more pictures of Rintaro. What a heartbreaker.

    In chapter nine, Akari is downhearted and is greeted by Rintaro. This stirs up a dark thought in her head, which I feel makes her very human but I’m very glad it didn’t go as plan. Yuki is always taking pictures of Rintaro, however, there is a specific side of him that she can never take that picture. Since Yuki rejected her, Akari might as well take Rintaro’s first. So she asks him to go out with her.

    I was anxious for the next chapter.

    Chapter ten came and Rintaro shows why he is best boy. He rejects her offer because she’s acting differently. They have a chat and he gives her another note where he confesses his feelings. Akari reverts back to her old self and decides not to date him.

    By the way, the notes are pretty cute. Akari told him that she doesn’t have a phone so she doesn’t text. He figures a way around that by giving her notes that are essentially “texts.” It’s super cute.

    I forgot to mention that in the beginning of chapter nine, it seems like we were following Yuki’s thoughts for a bit because it was her thinking about why Akari held her hand. Since we haven’t gotten a lot of backstory with Yuki, we can’t assume her feelings. This is primarily focused on Akari, so we know as much as she does.

    After all that, we enter the somber period where Akari doesn’t want to see Yuki. She causes a misunderstanding that might have repercussion later on when she asks Rintaro if he wants to walk home with her. In the end, she just used him and walked on home by herself. Maybe it might get Yuki to finally decide on Rintaro or Akari. Who knows? Again, we don’t know much about Yuki.

    About Rintaro and Akari’s relationship, I do like their attitudes towards each other. Rintaro is a real nice guy where he still cares of Akari even though she doesn’t like him. Akari doesn’t use him (other than chapter ten), and she’s a little catty when he’s “flirting” with her, but she doesn’t reject his friendship. I just hope Rintaro gets himself a nice girl.

    That’s about it for me. I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

    Hey! Congratulation on making it here. You should reward yourself with some yuri manga or just any kind of manga. Or anything else on your grocery list. I do have Patreon where for one dollar, you can buy out my friendship. Yup. I’m selling myself cheap.

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