I wanted to like Nanashi no Asterism. A lot. It had cute art, a fun cast of characters, and a likeable charm to it. I wasn’t expecting it to be high art or anything of the sort, but I was hoping for a fun little Yuri manga.
Those hopes were, regrettably, shattered.
Warning: The Following article covers a series depicting self-harm and suicidal ideation.
While I consider myself an optimist, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy fatalism at times.
As my love of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō might suggest, I quite enjoy stories about people accepting and going along with the inevitable, choosing to make the most of what they have left. So it should come as no surprise that I fell in love with Just Like This, Until The World Ends, a one-off Yuri manga about the end of the world.
As gay as anime might seem from the outside looking in, the medium has serious problems with LGBTQ representation.
I could write an entire article on the issues with lesbian subtext in anime (and probably will at some point). Very few characters are full-on gay for each other, and oftentimes shows will simply hint at the possibility of characters liking one another, without actually having the character be in a relationship. The end result being that while many shows have lesbian subtext, few outside of full-on yuri anime will feature lesbian characters in an active relationship.
Which is why it was nice to see actual, unquestionable lesbian characters in Bodacious Space Pirates.