18+ Warning: Includes graphic images of sexual violence.
Misuzu Hara, 24, is unmarried and teaches in a high school She is engaged to her best friend Minako Hayafuji and is determined to be an ideal housewife and wife. However, Minaco doesn’t know that four years ago, Hayafuji forced himself into Misuzu – and is still secretly meeting her for sex. When a rumor spread in the school that one of the Misuzur students, Nijuma, was having an affair with a middle-aged woman, the male staff insisted on talking to her. But abusing and manipulating Nizuma is quite different from Hayafuji; She is sensitive, insightful, and has a sexual complexity when it comes to women’s bodies. “So … you say men are responsible?” She says, to whom he, in amazement, replies, “Who else is there?” But not ready to stop there. “There must be a way to prevent gender from becoming a source of conflict. Otherwise, both you and I are vulnerable. When he looks at his teacher, he sees tears streaming down his cheeks. But he is unable to give words of support or consolation; Quite the opposite – and he makes a storm, lets her think, What I did with this 16 year old boy was not a decent thing to do. This is the first time I’ve given a man a part of my mind.
Unlike Misuzu, Minaco wants to quit her job to focus on becoming a housewife (certainly an old dream, really, for a young woman in the 21st century). He does not realize that his fiance is sending him that powerful message, especially when it comes to it Don’t I want to have sex with her.
Hayafuji, meanwhile, took intimate pictures of Misuzu during their luncheon, capturing the extra psychological grip on him. And then one of the Misuzu classes, the beautiful Subaki Midorica, appeared on the cover and inside. Young jump Some publishers swimwear shot magazine. Encourage older male teachers to express their displeasure and then blame Misuzu, asking him to rebuke the conflicting young woman who does not see that she has done anything wrong. Misuzu feels the difference between a deeply thoughtless student who sees no personal danger in making the most of his qualities – and his own misery. Especially since Hayafuji starts texting him, reminding him that he still has a certain picture of him …
First, this 2-in-1 volume deserves its 18+ rating and caution because it contains images and situations that can upset readers. It’s an uncomfortable and uncomfortable reading and Mangaka wants it to be entirely, aimed at moving away from our assumptions and preconceived notions. But in doing so, does Akan Torikai give our high school teacher Misuzu Hara a deliberately biased view of daily life? Is this how Miss Hara sees her world? The high school students he teaches are obsessed with sex. In the staff room, it’s the same; Older (male) teachers are portrayed as unsupported at the point of direct adversity (is there no older female teacher in this school?) – but also cheating on the female behind the young. Her hired friend, Minaco, is angry at the remark, emphasizing how lucky she is to frame her husband, as well as pointing out how unusual it must be for Misuzu to remain unmarried. The irony is, of course, that his fianc Hayafuji is the one who uses Misuzu as his “side track” and still acts, because he – and we – still don’t fully understand. Guilt and shame seem to be involved. Sex is used as a form of control, either by the glamorous student Midorica, who is pulling strings at school, or by the middle-aged Mrs. Auda, who has kept Nijuma in her part-time job. Enjoying a romantic relationship or actually sex. And that’s what makes this reading so depressing. Of course, it could be that by the time we read all the volumes, Misuzu would have recovered from his (quite understandable) trauma and Hayafuji would have been exposed as the humiliating manipulative rapist he is.
So we’re introducing two people who are being used: Misuzu (who still secretly kisses Hayafuji who constantly lowers her but claims he didn’t turn her on by his fianc) and his student, Nizuma, aims to intimidate him in the classroom. As Nizuma’s head teacher, Misuzur should be able to give advice and support to the young man. They should be allies – and maybe not. Yet they are pressured by the unhealthy environment inside the school (and I hope this image of a high school does not imply that all Japanese high schools are like this) makes meaningful conversation impossible. Nizuma passionately accepts a confession from her classmate Mika – and begins dating her, hoping that, perhaps, having a normal relationship would mean leaving her alone. Mika, a quiet girl on the fat side, who is not part of the crowd, trying to establish a normal “dating” situation with Nizuma, finds that she has not really invested in the idea and breaks down in tears. , Urges her not to break up with him, even if they just pretend to be dating. But after seeing Misuzu and Hayafuji in a cafe, she now suspects that Misuzu is trapped in an unhappy relationship … and for some reason she still doesn’t understand, she knows she wants to protect him. It was here that another classmate, Mika’s friend Kana Misato, began to get involved (or did it get in the way?)
This is Akane Torikai’s first book to be published in English, which is somewhat surprising since its debut in 2004. Since then, Torikai has published more than ten books and served as Minoru’s assistant. Furua (Ping Pong Club, Siguator) For one and a half years. He suffers pain for increasing the oppressive environment around Misuzu: condemnation of sexual crimes in the media; A thief stole her panties from the wash; The helpless and hostile attitude of his fellow male teachers.
This vertical 2-in-1 version has two translators: Morgan Giles and Arthur Reyes Morris and they hold the voices of high school students particularly well. The book has matte colored pages at the beginning and half where the second volume begins. Akane Torikai’s art is so successful that we get to know the main characters better by their interactions and their reactions. I have to emphasize again that the 18+ rating is for a reason and there are scenes of sexual violence that some readers may find annoying or triggering, so it is by no means reasonable for all adult readers. I also wonder if they need to be presented so graphically. The manga has an agenda (the 2017 #MeToo movement hasn’t started yet in 2013, so in some ways it was ahead of its time) and this will be seen in future volumes, if that agenda overwhelms the story – in a subtle way or makes it relevant and relevant .
It is unclear how Mangaka will continue to develop his themes in the next three upcoming volumes (all 2-in-1), but this volume ends with Minaco Misuzu asking a guiding question. I hope that not all male characters will be portrayed as villains and not all females will be portrayed as victims or constantly trying to compete with each other. (Will these students ever graduate and graduate? No one seems to be paying attention in class or doing homework. I’m just saying …) Volume 2 is slated for release on July.