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Nanashi no Asterism


Alt Names: alt ななしのアステリズム
Author: Kobayashi Kina
Artist: Kobayashi Kina
Genres: Comedy ComedyDrama DramaGender Bender Gender BenderRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeShoujo Ai Shoujo AiShounen Ai Shounen AiSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Tsukasa Shiratori, Nadeshiko Washio and Mikage Kotooka are three close-knit friends in junior high school. For almost a year, Tsukasa has been harboring a secret she can't tell anyone: she has a crush on Nadeshiko. She resigns to keep it locked away forever, but then discovers that Nadeshiko has a crush on Mikage. Not wanting to mess up their current relationship, Tsukasa decides to support Nadeshiko in any way she can. However, Mikage has a secret of her own that she can't share with anyone.


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Wait, what?! That happened?

I'm just guessing, don't panic:)

Considering they only work with tanks, that sucks. Means we get to wait for months on the "Kotooka had a girlfriend before meeting the cast" setup cliffhanger.

 

Wait, what?! That happened? On the other hand, if it ended badly, it would explain why she is obsessed with being "normal" and her attempts to manipulate everyone, including herself, into having "proper" relationships.

Although I guess she could have had a girlfriend that everyone at school found out about and then they started bullying her.

Yeah, I was thinking both too.

 

Happy waiting:P

Kotooka that's what you get for going out with many guys. 

Considering they only work with tanks, that sucks. Means we get to wait for months on the "Kotooka had a girlfriend before meeting the cast" setup cliffhanger.

 

I thought that it was going to be about her being bullied in the past, hence why she wound up going to a far away school. Although I guess she could have had a girlfriend that everyone at school found out about and then they started bullying her.

Just two more chapters until they catch up to raws, ch. 21 comes out in 2 weeks.. Good job catching up so quickly and thank you for your hard work!

Considering they only work with tanks, that sucks. Means we get to wait for months on the "Kotooka had a girlfriend before meeting the cast" setup cliffhanger.

Just two more chapters until they catch up to raws, ch. 21 comes out in 2 weeks.. Good job catching up so quickly and thank you for your hard work!

Something tells me we'll have to add the "shounen ai" tag soon.

 

Not that I object at all.

There needs to be that 'gender bender' one first. :)

I really hope they have the slumber party and the triangle gets revealed. It probably won't but you can always hope, right?

Getting real bored now. Someone better knife someone else quick. We all know this ends in a bloodbath.

Something tells me we'll have to add the "shounen ai" tag soon.

 

Not that I object at all.

it's a little depressing though, seeing how easily everything can be solved if everyone didn't keep their true feelings bottled up way too much and talked it out. at this point they're basically stabbing each other unconsciously while clawing at their own reflection in the mirror. such a painful spectacle.

alas, that's how adolescence is; time of our life where we start dealing with personal insecurities with nothing but our naive(and sometimes skewed) perceptions and conceptions. this manga portrays it quite well.

 

ps: ch16 page 31. that face is just so unfair. hnnngggggghhhhhhh!!!

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I get what you mean.  But for the moment, I think the character stuff leading to the hair change is worth it.

 

Yes, and it's only a change in hairstyle. Not a dramatic haircut or something like that. She can (and she may) go back to her previous hairstyle later. Preferably when she returns Tsukasa's feelings.

I get what you mean.  But for the moment, I think the character stuff leading to the hair change is worth it.

I'll actually be fairly disappointed if Washio doesn't return to her twintails.

 

They were an excellent visual contrast of cute next to her reliable and downright cool personality. Turning her into a "yuri prince" character with a ponytail cheapens her characterization to me.

 

In plenty of shoujo-ai manga there is a "masculine" girl who is the traditional calming prince type, and they're even drawn that way. You know what role they are there to be, and can more or less guess everything they're going to do.

 

What I love about Nanashi no Asterism is that the girls are all downright girly and not archetypes of of their personalities and setting. The tomboy has long pretty hair, the cute and friendly one is actually the most devious and technically promiscuous (nonsexual), and the dependable cool-headed one looks like an idol-character with her playful twintails. Any sexuality they had, hetero or homo is simply incidental; it doesn't define their entire existence from a meta standpoint for the reader.

 

Best of all, they're all extremely intelligent for many characters in the same love triangles throughout manga. Highly empathetic and each still able to be unique in personality despite their deduction segments.

 

Not really onboard with the author's choice here, but NnA hasnt displeased me yet, I admit. I'll still be interested to see where it continues to go for Washio.

Oh boy, two chapters in a row with the most depressing/melodramatic characters...

God damn it, I just want these dumb kids to be happy.

There's so much misery in the air it's making feel all fluffy inside. >w<
I feel really bad for kotooka because all she wants is a friendship with Washio and Tsukasa. and I think kotooka knows that if washio were to confess to her, then things would not be able to stay normal, aka they wouldn't be able to stay friends after the fact. althought I do think that she's being selfish, I think that kotooka is the only one who's actually watching out for everyone because she doesn't want things to get fucked up.
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She's being incredibly selfish and insensitive. Just like Subaru, she's desperately clinging on to an unstable status quo. She's tormenting herself, acting like a martyr dying to save everyone else, but in reality she's making everyone else miserable as well. She is convinced that she alone understands everything, and that she can manage the situation, but this is merely wishful thinking.

 

This. I can understand her position, sympathize with it, and she actually thinks she's doing the best she can. Problem is, she isn't.

 

It doesn't help that her way of defending the status quo reinforces the problematic Japanese perspective that love between young girls is just a "phase" that will eventually be outgrown for "real" relationships, a perspective that is already confusing and hurting Washio (an herself, I might add). She's disregarding the seriousness of her friends' feelings in favour of a fantasy that sacrifices truthfulness for the sake of correctness. It's understandable, but not commendable.

Asakura X Subaru is finally taking of~

I really feel so awful for Kotooka. She's the only one who gets the whole situation and all the emotional burden of the other two is on her because of it... I pray for her happiness no matter where she finds it (although preferably in a gay poly relationship pls and thank.)

She's being incredibly selfish and insensitive. Just like Subaru, she's desperately clinging on to an unstable status quo. She's tormenting herself, acting like a martyr dying to save everyone else, but in reality she's making everyone else miserable as well. She is convinced that she alone understands everything, and that she can manage the situation, but this is merely wishful thinking.

The author does a good job of showing us her inner experience, so we can empathize with her and understand why she acts the way she does. But from an outside perspective, her methods are duplicitous, her motives are nowhere near as pure as she likes to pretend, and her actions negatively impact many other people.

Wait a minute this is in Gangan Online? The same magazine as Nozaki-kun, Yandere Kanojo, and Tanaka-kun?

Why are there so much angst? Why are the chapters so long?
I really feel so awful for Kotooka. She's the only one who gets the whole situation and all the emotional burden of the other two is on her because of it... I pray for her happiness no matter where she finds it (although preferably in a gay poly relationship pls and thank.)

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