My collaboration with Acacia Aurora continues! This time we’re going to be talking about our favorite one-shots. To be honest, this was a little difficult for me to finish because I have a very limiting viewpoint when it comes to one-shots which excludes doujinshi (so nothing featuring characters from long-running series! Original characters only) as well as sequels (sometimes authors will serialize a second chapter as a follow-up for an one-shot in order to tie up loose ends). If I wasn’t such a stick in the mud when it comes to one-shots, #3 and #2 would have been different, probably.
See Acacia’s list of top three one-shots here.
3. “Kisekae Sensei” by Masayu
Something that I’ve yet to really talk about in detail on this blog is the fact that I’m kind of into traps. Sure, I’ve glossed over this interest of mine from time to time, but I guess I haven’t really talked about it. Maybe some other time.
Anyways, this one-shot was published in volume 17 of the Josou Shounen Anthology Comic.
An entire collection of stories about cross-dressing boys, yesssss
In Kisekae Sensei, the titular character is a part-time teacher at a cram school who happens to like crossdressing. However, when he tries going out in public for the first time while dressed up, his student sees through his disguise immediately. But instead of ruining his reputation, she ends up helping him crossdress.
Well, the story isn’t exactly deep and the main character has some self-depreciating thoughts about his crossdressing hobby, which may paint a negative view of crossdressers in general. Then again, every crossdresser in both fiction and in real life has to do with this kind of closedmindedness to the point that this line of thought is almost a given…
It’s slightly erotic and ends on a open yet happy note. I guess the people who would enjoy this would have to like traps like yours truly.
2. “Watashi Baka” by Amagakure Gido
A bookish, quiet girl (who is now a freelancer) runs into her high school idol, the basketball “prince” (who is now a beautiful office lady).
I read this one-shot when I was still unemployed and searching for work. The freelancer’s sentiments reflected my own at the time: that I would be a temp for various jobs and just drift and live in the now. It’s what happens when you don’t have any dreams, any ambitions for the future, maybe? At any case, I really emphasized with Satsuki, the freelancer.
It’s a cute love story that ends on an open note (well, I mean, we’re talking about one-shots here) while trying to talk about the differences between enjoying life in the present and enjoying life in the future. Not all that much happens between the two, but that’s why we have imaginations!
I’m actually a fan of Amagakure Gido’s works, to be honest. Amagakure-sensei’s collection, Shuuden ni wa Kaeshimasu, is one I really love in particular. Maybe I should get to watching Sweetness and Lightning, another one of Amagakure-sensei’s works, one day?
1. “My Beloved Kouno-san” by Akuta Fumie
Yup, another yuri love story. I believe that this is the actual title, but it’s also known as My Beloved Kawano-san.
The story is about two co-workers, Miki and Kouno. Miki has it bad for Kouno, but assumes that Kouno probably doesn’t return her feelings and would find her love to be disgusting. It doesn’t help that both girls are very comfortable touching each other’s hair and arms and hands, which has Miki feeling flustered and hopeful. Is Miki’s love unrequieted? Find out!
I just really liked this one-shot since it’s fluffy yet it sort of talks about the social stigmas in regards to yuri. Yuri in fiction is quite different “real life yuri” and I’m impressed that the author at least briefly touched upon this in My Beloved Kouno-san.
Well, that’s all, folks! I’d love to hear about your favorite one-shots in the comments section. If you’re not that big a fan of manga, you could talk about your favorite characters who didn’t receive that much screen-time in anime!
Ta-ta for now (just kidding I have to write a lot of blog posts today).