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A Girl by the Sea
By: Asano Inio
Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Serialized In: Manga Erotics F
The main character is a girl named Koume Sato who lives in a sleepy seaside town. After getting used and dumped by the boy she likes, Koume decides to start a sexual relationship with Isobe, an introverted boy from her class. It’s supposed to be a no-strings-attached kind of deal but of course things get more complicated quickly. ~Kotonoha
Warning: This Manga Contains Adult Content and Themes. This Is an Emotionally Raw and Realistic Manga That Will Not Appeal to Everyone.
Last edited by Kaiten; September 06, 2011 at 03:10 PM.
I'm not gonna start it yet, but Asano writing for a magazine that has Naoki Yamamoto in its staff? Sounds delish.
Kotonoha released chapter 4-7 yesterday!
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With 2/3 of the only collected volume translated, I think I like A Girl By the Sea more than Punpun. The relationship between Koume and Isobe is so petty, passive-aggressive and mean. Just like teenaged friends with benefits in real life. They both are so horrible at hiding their real feelings too. Koume claims she has no feelings for Koume, but is over at his house every day. And not just for sex, she genuinely seems to enjoy talking to him, spending time with him. He claims to have feelings for her but seems uninterested in anything but sex, completely tuning her out in between.
I love that she'll have sex with Isobe but won't kiss him. What a callous way to deny someone intimacy, to reduce sex to something mechanistic.
After the last batch of chapters it is clear that Koume is not "the girl by the sea", that it is the girl who's picture is on the thumb drive. Maybe she has some connection to Isobe's brother? Maybe not, but her picture seems to mean more to Isobe than a random pretty girls would. I wonder how he will react to Koume deleting her from his hard drive. Even if she does not like Isobe, as she claims, Koume certainly hopes to possess him. She is clearly jealous that he is looking at another girl. Not only did she delete the file, but the girl by the sea made her insecure enough that she took her top off for the first time. I wonder what consequences Kashima seeing them together will have? If a rumor starts it does not bode well for their relationship. She certainly will not have any of it, denying her interest in him publicly. And he is sure to become more passive-aggressive over her denial.
..Where can you read this? I find this manga very interesting.
Follow the links in the OP. Mangaupdates links to every known scanlator and announces new releases.
Does anyone know the status of the series in Japan? If it's monthly, weekly; when the second volume will come out; if the story is closing to an end...
Chapters 8 through 10 have been released by Kotonoha. That was a really great cliffhanger. I think I may look for the Raws of the next chapter. I, too, would like know the status of this series. Mangaupdates has had it on one volume (ongoing) for some time but it started serialization in 2009. Does anyone know how often Manga Eroctics F is published?
I'm looking forward to the new chapters! I did not have the time today but will definitely read tomorrow.
Manga Erotics is bi-monthly, released in odd numbered months. If I had to guess there are three or four uncollected chapters as of the September issue.
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Last edited by Kaiten; October 06, 2011 at 10:43 PM.
Now that the entire first volume is out, I'm gonna load it onto my iPad and finally give it a go.
It's worthwhile, one of his better manga. I'd rank it ahead of anything other than Holograph and Solanin. It probably has the most nuanced story telling of all his titles.
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Yeah so I started reading and got till chapter 3, the manga was amazing but I was hoping for the focus to be different, I started reading the second batch and it was kind of disturbing at that point. I mean it is a somewhat maybe even more than somewhat realistic view on this topic for today's standards. It's just that it kind of got disturbing with the main focus being the odd relationship between the two. It seems the mangaka focused too much on the two rather than stretching out the story. And that kind of closed setting is where I had the problem actually. Mixed with the raw graphic scenes it did not go well in my view. The mangaka should try and refresh the story at times.
Oh right I read this yesterday. As usual quality stuff by Asano, can't really add much new in terms of discussion to the mix.
Inio great subject is adulthood, the struggle to get there without being consumed by the petty stresses of life. His more recent manga, Oyasumi Punpun and A Girl By the Sea have both explored the dark side of growing up with characters unable to grow up. His earlier series and one shots tend to be more positive, particularly Solanin.
Last edited by Kaiten; October 16, 2011 at 11:55 PM.
I have never seen someone have such a take on childhood, it is dark and gloomy but somewhat realistic. It probably is due to the parents of these children. Maybe he it stressing out that no attention to kids leads them to this? They did show the girls parents I believe? I say this because in general such things do not happen among children that often, this has to be an exception with some reasons and to make the story more deeper and dramatic.
I think I started Oyasumi Punpun once, it had comedy as well, unless I am mistaking?
Punpun is pretty funny at the start, but it gets really dark later on.