Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora Manga, Volume 3

April 9th, 2008

Short review today because 1) I’m sick (again!) and 2) there’s basically not much to say about Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora, Volume 3.

Kyoushiro’s big brother Kazuya has shown up and, surprise!, he’s as crazy as everyone kept saying he was. He admits to wanting to destroy the world and Kyoushiro in particular…and really, who can blame him? Kazuya beating the daylights out of Kyou is *still* my favorite part of the series. I could read/watch Kyou having his brother complex and spine shattered at the same time, a million times without it getting tired in the least. :-)

But of course, love and stuff win the day. There’s lots of exposition about the various Tenshi’s dreams and hopes, most of which is kind of abstract, and people pop in and out of existence in a way that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense (as the wife would say, “Just go with it.”) Kuu and Kyou get to be reunited, only to be be torn apart as Kuu dissolves into pieces, which is followed by Kyou heading out on a quest to find Kuu again because, for some reason, even after she dissolved into a million shards, he think she still exists somewhere. Setsuna gets sympathy sex, until, miraculously, they find Kuu, who is even “emptier” than before.

Mika-sensei dies wondering why Himiko got the girl when she was so awesome, but Himiko does, in fact, get Kaon. They have a nice, non-servicey scene, so we can see them safely in each other’s arms happily ever after.

And Tarlotte and Soujiro return to doing whatever it was they did.

Poor Waltesia is left with a broken Kazuya.

The End.

I still maintain that it wasn’t bad. It isn’t anything as bad as Eikyuu Alice and in many ways I liked it better than Kannazuki. No, it is not *about* the lesbian couple, but the ending for Kaon and Himiko beats both anime and manga endings for Chikane and Himeko.

Ratings:

Art – 7
Story – 6
Characters – 7
Yuri – 6
Service – 7

Overall – 7

“Snuggling in a boat on the lake as a couple” trumps “probable repeat of horrible fate” or “being reborn as sisters” in this reviewer’s eyes.

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3 Responses

  1. JazzCat says:

    I never liked the ending of Kannazuki no Miko, although it fit well in the long-lasting tradition within anime and manga that lesbians never find their happiness. Lately though this is changing slowly, with Kashimaashi Girl Meets Girls as one of the most prevalent examples – although of course one girl in that story winds up rejected and sad.

    Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora is nothing high-standing, but ut’s indeed refreshing to see that the main lesbian pair gets away pretty well in the end. Cheers for Kaon and Himiko!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can only agree here.
    Cheers for spine-breaking brother complex-breaking, and cheers for a just-together ending for a blatantly obvious Yuri couple.

    I really want more endings like that – but then, even more I’d want series that show more of the couple afterwards. :) Too bad even Yuri hime stories just end too early.

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