Hey guys, it’s Ike. It’s time to cut back on the cuteness and–I’m just kidding, it’s tough to separate cute from
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5. We Can’t Go Back To Being Friends by Suzuki Senpai
Starting off on a lighter note, this is from the same creator who made Honto no Kokoro, and even though I’m a not big fan of their art, I certainly like their humor. For a one-shot, two parts got me laughing really hard. The first is in the beginning when Acchan gave Ucchi a piece of advice before they have sex: She needs to cut her nails. I love it. The other one is the bonus page, which you can read yourself.
It does feel rushed, but consider that our main characters are Ucchi and Acchan, I’m not surprised. Ucchi is very blunt, and I really enjoy her style. This story has a focus on lust, rather than love, though there was a love that bloomed from that lust. Think of this as more of a comedic piece than anything else.
4. Chotto Ippai by Kayou
Even though this only has a subtext of yuri, it’s still a good read and who doesn’t love food? If you don’t, how dare you not like food. Actually, this is more focused on the environment of the restaurant so I wouldn’t be mad if you didn’t like this manga.
Chotto Ippai is about a girl named Momiji Miyahara who got lost on her way back home one day. She ends up at an Izakaya where she is suddenly forced to work by a loli on a busy day. (However, she has a history with helping out in her grandma’s Izakaya, and she loved it so much that she started working at the place that forced her to work. That’s how the first chapter started. It’s sudden, but it gets you interested.
The second chapter solidifies my affection for this manga. Here is Momiji walking down the hallway, when suddenly, she gets hit by boobs. Then the subtext starts rolling. I love it. The base of this manga is fundamental, but the mangaka has played their cards right. In the end, this is a great cute and fluffy series.
3. Between Philia and Eros by Kida Miyuki
From the creator of Her Kiss – Infectious Lust, this is a rather bittersweet piece with a bit more focus on the bitterness. Or at least that’s what I thought until I got to chapter 5. I’m very enthused for the next chapter. I loved their previous work, but this one is ranking a tad higher.
Between Philia and Eros is about a girl named Kurumi Hoshigawa who is in love with another girl named Yuu Nikaidou. However, Nikaidou has dabbled with a lot of boys, and that worries Kurumi’s best friend, Kyou. On a fateful day, Nikaidou finds out that Kurumi likes her and agrees to go out with her. Will an actual relationship bloom out of this fruitless love?
While reading this, I was thinking about Netorare. Why? I don’t know, actually. I just wanted to let you know. Anyways, back to my line where I said this is a bittersweet piece. It might not be too bitter, but it’s certainly there. It’s the story about two girls who have suffered for love, and eventually finds each other in hopes that in their comfort; they can both get past their previous love.
Bonus! Jewel of You by Usui Shio
Now, this indeed is a bittersweet piece. It’s about a lesbian in love with a straight girl. How sadder can you get? There’s dishonesty, jealousy, and even sexual harassment. The straight girl continues being straight, but she refuses to break their friendship. They reconcile and remain friends. The end. To the people who didn’t want to read something bittersweet, you’re welcome. To the people who are interested…
2. Miss Sunflower by Sugano Manami
Now that we’re out of
Miss Sunflower is about a high school girl named Matsuri… Kazamatsuri. She is in love with the librarian Miss Sunflower. Miss Sunflower starts off cold to Matsuri, but eventually bonds with her and even takes her out on trips. I was going to ask if her parents know about this, but I realize this is a small Japanese town, so everybody trusts everybody.
I felt a bit iffy at first when other characters were introduced, and it looked like they all were catching feelings for Miss Sunflower. However, with the exception of Matsuri’s sister (who is a great tsundere), it seems more like everybody is admiring the librarian than anything. I like Matsuri’s group of friends, and I really like chapter 27 with Ritsuka. It is a growing friendship, and I always appreciate a good story about friends.
There isn’t a significant yuri element, other than Matsuri saying she loves Miss Sunflower in almost every chapter. I’m hoping there will be some later on, or even in its ending. I love the art, it’s more of an old manga style, but I love anything that makes me reminisce about 90’s shoujo.
1. Still Sick by Akashi
Welcome to the manga series in this list that isn’t about high school girls (if we scratch out the bonus). Instead, this is about office ladies, except it’s more focused on drawing manga.
Still Sick is about a woman named Makoto Shimizu whose hobby is drawing yuri
I love the art style, although there is room for improvements. It does get cleaner in the later chapters. Maekawa is a fun character for me because of her attitude. I’m always up for mean girls as long as they have the skills to back it up. Maekawa isn’t a full-on mean girl, but she’s getting there. Makoto is pretty okay, but I feel like Maekawa is the one with the spotlight. We are getting more backstory with her currently. If this somehow ends up like Bakuman, I wouldn’t complain.
So that’s it for this list. What’s your favorite read this month? Be sure to comment down below. If you guys are interested in any of
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