The second half of Volume 18 of Comic Yuri Hime is what you’ve all been waiting for – Sarasa and Seriho’s first official date, in this chapter of “Ame-iro Kouchakan Kanadan!” Fujieda does what he he does best – he shows them wandering around, shopping, eating and generally doing the kind of stuff my wife and I call “Playing House.” You know – the stuff you almost never see female couples doing in Yuri series. Sarasa is wholly unaware that Seriho has an agenda, trying to suss out Sarasa’s feelings for her. So used to hiding what she feels, Sarasa has no idea that Seriho thinks that she, Sarasa is, “normal” and the only one in love is Seriho.
Ayumi likes Miki in “Yuri Yuri,” but Miki tells her it’s gross. They play passive-agressive for a while, until Miki’s homophobia turns out to really be sublimated love for Ayumi. Bwah-bwah-bwahhhh.
In “Apple Day Dream” Yuma is marginally less passive-aggressive to Kaoru than usual. And I swear her name has been Mayu this whole time, until now, so either I’ve been dyslexic this whole time, or it suddenly switched for some reason. Either explanation is probable. :-)
In this chapter of the Nekodome Mansion saga, a younger girl finally gains the courage to tell the older girl she’s loved since she was a child know how she feels – just in time to see her married off by her father. But don’t worry, they can have their little something on the side, after all, it’s a marriage of convenience and they really love each other. Stories like this make me wonder about that age-old double standard for men who are, in most cultures, encouraged to have women on the side, but women aren’t supposed to ever cheat. Once again, I really don’t get you straight women, putting up with that crap.
Kagura makes cookies and Sukune-‘neesan eats them, but still has no idea who Kagura is in “Soulphage,” which is failing to appeal to me on any level.
Creo’s breasts are suddenly three times larger than ever before in “Creo the Crimson Crises” and frankly, I was so distracted by and distressed by this I have no idea at all what happened. It involved Suoh crying a lot.
There’s a little series of reviews about Yuri series that make you cry. I can honestly say that none of the series I’d read in the section made me even a little weepy. :-)
In a surprising turn of events, Hakamada Mera’s “Sore ga Kimi ni Naru” pairs unlikely couple Kyou and Amane, the older woman who burst into tears ar seeing Kyou last chapter, over a meal. Kyou is smart enough to see that *something* is up, but Amane really surprises her by coming right out and saying that she was once in love with a girl who looks just like Kyou.
Tae is having an even harder time than before finding her place in Yui’s life, now that they’ve returned to Tokyo in “Mizu-iro Cinema.” Yui’s busy on shoots and Tae’s flailing a bit trying to figure out where to be and what to do. When rooting aimlessly around Yui’s apartment, Tae finds a discarded photo of Yui and another girl. She keeps it in order to have a photo of Yui, but perhaps missing the larger implication. Coming home from a day out together, they are both – for different reasons – surprised to find the girl in the photo standing at the door of Yui’s apartment building. Here’s my new rule for series like this – it can do anything it wants right now, but it *may not* make Tae cry. Or I will be very unhappy with it.
“Himekoi” has a lot of screaming and pages of breast obsession. I note that “Nanako to Misuzu” has left the building. I guess it found a better reception over at Yuri Hime S. “Himekoi” seems to be the replacement “crrrraaazzzyyyy, wacky things and lots of screaming” series.
Adrienne is a cameraman on a shoot for an ero-photo book and finds herself improbably involved with one of the models in “Aka-me Adrienne.”
Definitely more good than bad and some interesting things going on in the pages of Yuri Hime these days!
Overall – 9