Or, why I’m not enjoying Sasameki Koto.
Fans of legit yuri have been a bit lucky lately – we’ve been getting shows that are actually good and which are actually about women liking women, not all fanservice-y empty gestures solely for the purpose of making fanboys merry (because, yes, it is usually fanboys who get merry over all of this). The women and girls of these shows actually behave like one might expect a real-life woman or girl to act – what a bizarre concept!
Sasameki Koto is on the end of the spectrum wherein the girls actually act like girls, and they actually like each other and are not being run-over by fanservice every six seconds. And yet… I just am not really into it.
I’d read part of the Sasameki Koto manga not too long ago, as Erica Friedman over on Okazu had mentioned it several times in reviewing it and in her weekly Yuri news segment whenever compiled volumes were looking to hit the shelves. She had been fairly positive about it, and I was between Aoi Hana scanlations, so I figured I’d check it out. But, sadly, it never really clicked; I just couldn’t see what was so good about it. I figured perhaps the anime would breathe some life into it for me, so I decided to tune in anyway.
In watching the anime, I suddenly realized why I don’t really like the show or manga – I can’t stand Ushio (interestingly enough, Erica recently admitted in a review of the first few episodes that she also realized in watching that she doesn’t like Ushio). In fact, I dislike Ushio so much so that I found myself cheering for the guy, Akemiya. Wait, what? I’m cheering for the guy in a yuri show? What the fuck is up with that?
Ushio is, quite honestly, that guy crazy girl you knew in high school… except she’s girl crazy. So much so that she can’t see the fact that Sumi is bonkers for her, and is totally awesome in so many ways (such, as, oh, I don’t know, the fact that she actually likes girls) that put her way ahead of any of the fluffy-types that Ushio is after. She’s ignorant of Sumi’s feelings, and because of that, she repeatedly hurts her. I know she doesn’t know that she is, but that doesn’t change the fact that she is; and while intended malice is fairly rotten, there’s something particularly cruel about the unintended variety, as it seems to indicate a lack of care for the other.
So, basically put – Ushio sucks, and Sumi deserves better. Akemiya is very much crazy about Sumi, and to me seems to be the much better choice; he likes her as she is, and just comes across as a very, very sweet guy. Ushio on the other hand… urk. However, this is yuri, so Akemiya is destined to lose. Very lame. I can only wish that he was legit a girl since then he would have actually have a chance.
Damn, I wish they’d animate Milk Morinaga’s Girl Friends.
EDIT: I realize my title is a bit misleading, so I apologize – the fact is, its more a matter of not wanting Ushio to win out as opposed to wanting Akemiya to, although I would be happier were Akemiya to end up with Sumi.