First off, welcome! My Aniblog Tourney match against AceRailgun has arrived, and you can vote here. For those of you new-comers, you’re in luck as I just happen to have a compilation post all ready for you! Have a look at it, and do check out this post if you’re curious as to what I have to say about the Aniblog Tourney and my opponents. In the meantime, I’ll be talking about one of my top favorite yuri manga seeing as there’s not enough yuri here in these waters considering that I’m a huge fan of yuri. (i-i-it’s not like I want to rally up all the yuri fans’ votes or anything like that…)
From one of my top favorite yuri mangaka, Kazuma Kowo, we have her best known work, Pure Water Adolescence. Set in a high school (much like all other yuri works), we follow a mature, sexy school nurse, Matsumoto, and a young, pure-hearted high school student, Nanao. In addition to the main storyline, there are also some cute short side-stories with revolving around Nanao’s classmates as well, one of whom has an unrequited love and another in the throes of jealousy. However, we’ll be focusing on Matsumoto and Nanao’s relationship here.
Nanao is secretly in love with Matsumoto, and in the beginning, she responds to Matsumoto in a tsundere fashion. Soon, they starts to get involved in a secret relationship as they are teacher and student, and Matsumoto find herself starting to worrying and rationalizing about their relationship given the large difference in age and experience. This manga is fraught with internal conflicts and small sweet victories throughout the course of their relationship, but in the end, it was well worth it for a happy ending.
What makes this cute yuri manga so appealing to me is that of the sweet interactions of this age-gap student-teacher couple, with Nanao striving to become an adult to catch up with Matsumoto. Kazuma weaves a tender, pure-hearted story around these two very different partners, and yet the age difference doesn’t seem to detract from the story at all. On the contrary, this self-consciousness of the age gap bring the two closer together emotionally with a stronger bond.
It is perfectly natural that a younger teenager would want to grow up to be an adult quickly so that she can stand with her adult partner evenly. But, on the other hand, the adult partner would want to maintain her composure and maturity, having the most experience in their relationship with the thought of needing to lead her younger partner. This disparity in feelings and experience is the main conflict here in the manga, and it’s told in a great way that makes this manga one of my top favorite yuri manga.
The art style is strikingly distinct, which I love very much. As for the characters, they really are so cute in their own way, with Matsumoto suppressing her adult love for the sake of pure-hearted Nanao. One main caveat I have with this manga is that it’s just too short with only 1 volume. I really would have liked to see more of Matsumoto x Nanao, if only because of the cute interactions!