Content Warnings: homophobia, body shaming, sexism, eating disorder, body dysmorphia, and transphobia.
Azami doesn’t understand same-gender relationships…until she realizes the person she’s been obsessing over and crushing on isn’t the man she thought he was but is actually a girl just like her. Determined to still be with Gwyn the two start dating and trying to navigate the world as a couple.
When I first thought Gwyn was non-binary, or possibly trans, it made sense that she presented herself as a boy, even going as far as chopping off her long hair and binding her chest. She did all these things right before starting school there, so all of her classmates and teachers, aside from the coach and school nurse, have always thought she was a boy. I just wish we were given more detail into why she continued to let others think she was a guy if she never saw herself that way. Even if it was her saying she was confused or was experimenting it would have made more sense than the way they wrote it.
The bigger topics in this story seemed like they were either not explained or were rushed. Take for example Azami goes from telling her friends that same-gender relationships are gross and don’t make sense, to angrily confessing her feelings to Gwyn —angrily because she finds out Gwyn’s a girl and doesn’t know how to process the guy she was infatuated with was a girl all along— to telling Gwyn she still wants to date her. Between all those instances there’s really no internal dialogue where she processes her homophobia or how a relationship with Gwyn, the girl, would be different than she originally planned when she thought Gwyn was a guy.
Hopefully, the other volumes have more inner dialogue and deeper discussions than volume one. The overall story is something that I think is important to show and discuss I just feel it could have used more dialogue around the bigger topics…and less around the potential love triangle.