Yuri Manga: Tsubomi, Volume 6

June 4th, 2010

I know, I know. When I reviewed Tsubomi (つぼみ), Volume 5, I said that that was it for me and this anthology. But I was weak, and thought that, for the sake of the collection, I’d keep trying to like it. Well…after Volume 6, I’m done with it. For real this time.

Here’s the problem. The word tsubomi means “blossom” or “bud”  – baby flowers that moeru – ie., to blossom or to bud. And I feel as if the editorial staff is taking their name very seriously. Really, really seriously. There are few adult romances, and a lot more May-December, where May is younger than I care to read. There’s also very little “love” in this anthology – Because the characters have feelings that are just blossoming. *Just* being the key word. This is an anthology of stories that are prologues to Story A.

It’s apparent that I am not the audience for Tsubomi. It’s a shame because I’d like to support new Yuri anthologies, but not at the cost of my self-esteem. This anthology makes me feel icky and it makes me feel even ickier that there are enough Yuri fans out there that like it, that it’s doing well. I’m glad for the artists. but, meh. I can easily see a forthcoming contest in which my entire collection of Tsubomi is sacrificed.

Ratings:

Overall – 3

So, for real this time, this will be my last volume. I’ll leave it to those people who prefer their flowers unbudded and I’ll stick with the beautifully opened lilies that I love.
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4 Responses

  1. Emma says:

    I hate almost everything that comes from tsubomi, but I will miss Ebisu and Hotei. Their relationship may have been budding, but Hotei’s feelings were in full, sexy bloom before the end, lol. Also, I think they should win some kind of award: Hotei manages to crack the Uhaul out even before the first date!

    That is one sneaky lesbian, lol.

  2. Rai says:

    Hmm, I would definitely be willing to take those off of your hands ^^

  3. @Emma – I agree completely!

  4. Anonymous says:

    “I hate almost everything that comes from tsubomi, but I will miss Ebisu and Hotei. Their relationship may have been budding, but Hotei’s feelings were in full, sexy bloom before the end, lol. Also, I think they should win some kind of award: Hotei manages to crack the Uhaul out even before the first date!”

    That’s the one about office workers who don’t even have an OL uniform (even less similar to high school than some other office settings!), right? Maybe that one will come out as a standalone series of books too? :)

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