Characters: 8.5/10 and Story: 8.5/10
The story is set around a group of friends who attend university together. They all have to deal with their own problems, be it with friends, with university or most of all, with love.
Ruki, the protagonist of the manga, is in her first year of university. She doesn’t know many people, and she is not yet used to everything that is going on in this new environment.
However, thanks to a group assignment, she is forced to work with some other girls on a project together, and this is where she meets some of her later friends.
First things first, right in the beginning, there are a lot of characters being introduced. There’s not only Ruki, but also her close friend Fueko, her secret crush Sacchan, the slutty gang (Remi, Asuna, Meru), and rich girl Maasa.
To be honest, I really had a hard time remembering their names and the characters in general. They were all pretty much introduced at once, with only a few more or less unimportant additions that followed as the story played out.
At first, out of all the girls, I found myself liking Ruki and Sacchan the most. They appeared to be the main couple, or more like the two characters that would most likely end up together. Though, the interest I had in these two characters changed over time.
Ruki on the one hand, developed from the type of character that I usually find rather boring, into someone who I can actually relate to and who I can sympathize with a lot.
Sacchan on the other hand… well, anyone who has read the two most recent chapters, probably wants to kill or at least punch her, and they have good reason to do so.
She changed from being that cute and fragile girl, into something that I’d call a self-centered bitch.
You might think that I’d absolutely hate that change in character, but damn, I love it! Rarely do I see such an interesting character development, and even though I really want to beat her up for what she did to Ruki, I also find it really intriguing at the same time.
Though, let’s now come to my favorite character, Asuna. At first, she was just another girl that I found unimportant enough to constantly forget her name and sometimes even her whole existence.
However, as time changed, I found myself loving her character, as well as her relationship with Fueko. I mean, a sex-addict and a girl that is lazy enough to sleep away 90% of the day? Sounds like a great combination with a lot of drama waiting for us, and that’s exactly what we got!
But enough about the characters, let’s come to the actual story. As mentioned above, this manga focuses on the everyday lives of the 7 girls I listed up there. Other than probably 90% of all yuri manga that is currently available, this one doesn’t take place in high school, but in university instead.
Personally, I really love seeing a characters a bit older and simply a different setting than what we see most of the time. Well, university might not be that different from high school, but I really appreciate the different location, because there are simply too many high school yuri stories around. Moving on, I think that one thing this manga is really great at is delivering all the drama, and there is surely a lot of it.
It goes from the usual problems that you’d encounter in university: everything from bullying, to breakups, and finally, to relationships, sex and anything related to that. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel forced at all, at least not to me.
The most recent chapter is especially what I view as drama at its finest. Ruki’s desperation and Sacchan’s cruelty, they both make me angry, yet I also love the way this manga manages to make me care for the characters so much. It’s simply amazing, exactly what I’d expect from Shuninta-sensei.
I feel like this artist really improved over time. Well, her art style was pretty nice from the beginning already, but you can also feel that she’s gotten even better. Though, there is one thing that I feel is lacking in this manga, as well as probably half of all manga I read so far; the panels sometimes look really empty. Backgrounds are usually missing completely, making the scenes look plain and the panels look empty.
As always, this is just my opinion, and this doesn’t apply to the whole manga, but in some cases, I just feel like she could have added some more backgrounds to make the story feel a little more alive.
This is a manga by Amano Shuninta, one of the few most famous yuri artists around, so you already know that there will be a lot of yuri, or in this case, it’s almost exclusively yuri. Most of the girls are lesbian and there are only a few that I still don’t really know the sexuality of, but even in these cases, I think Shuninta will confirm their gayness as well in one of the next chapters. There are also some NSFW scenes involved, though I wouldn’t really call them 18+.
All in all, the yuri content is high. Really high even.
Total Enjoyment: 9/10
The manga is not yet over, and I sure hope that we’ll get some more chapters or even volumes in the near future, but for now, I’m already enjoying this manga quite a lot. I think the only obstacle you’ll have to overcome before being able to fully enjoy this manga is to be patient enough to get to know all the characters.
After that, all you have to do is lean back, enjoy the ride, and feel with the characters whenever things make a wrong turn.