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.
Overall – 3