It’s a lot easier to think of yuri that is mired with controversy. And, to be honest, this is more of a general romance problem. But I’ll be using yuri for the examples since this is The Lily Garden, after all.
Are these relationships considered acceptable despite their rough beginnings which can range from exertion to cheating to stalking and so on? Can the “good” outweigh the “bad,” in other words?
At this point Citrus and NTRap and Kuzu no Honkai have been thoroughly discussed, so I’ll spare you the usual lecture when it comes to those particular titles. What Satou is doing in Happy Sugar Life is considered reprehensible to some and designated as reasonable to others considering how there are many unhinged pyschos in the setting.
Your mileage, of course, may vary, but talking about these series at length when we’ve all had or done our share of criticizing or defending these particular shows sounds a bit dreary to me. So now I want to move on to more general, less-known manga series as examples in which forceful developments take place instead.
For the first chapter of the Chocolat Company Women Yuri Anthology (a yuri anthology about office ladies), the protagonist is belittled and is ultimately sexually harassed by her superior who happens to be a classmate from high school.
But then it turns out her superior held unrequited feelings toward the protagonist back in high school and thus the reader is expected to think that the superior’s forceful approach and desperate confession is supposed to be romantic…?
I personally can agree with the latter, but I’m not quite as keen with the former. I mean, she’s using her position of authority to force herself onto her old crush, which is definitely improper to say the least. Given that the two seem to end up as a couple at the very end, perhaps the superior’s actions are to be overlooked? Whether or not it is, however, truly depends on one’s perspective.
Another manga I had in mind was Cheerful Amnesia, which revolves a protagonist who has experienced amnesia and has forgotten the past three years of her life, which includes her girlfriend, Mari. However, she’s still quite heads over heels for this mysterious stranger she has unfortunately forgotten.
Be that as it may, the protagonist, Arisa, does get around to asking Mari about how they met and the reader finds out that she continued to show up at Mari’s workplace (which happened to be a fast-food restaurant at the time) until Mari accepted her advances.
Arisa’s determination to get Mari to return her love is somewhat cute, but it’s also rather forceful. Of course, Mari did say “yes” in the end, but what if Mari genuinely wasn’t interested? That would have been a very awkward experience and waste of time for both parties involved.
In the end, characters in both of the aforementioned series do act in questionable ways in general, but I still do rather like both. But I want to know what you think. Does love make right? Or am I making a big fuss out of nothing?
Thank you for reading!