4.21 out of 5 from 26 votes
Ira believes that if she goes to the bathroom after 10 PM, a beautiful androgynous being will shove her through a meat grinder and eat her. Only her older sister can save her from this fate, but the girl is getting married and moving away soon! Since getting psychiatric help isn't an option due to the upcoming wedding, Ira's best friend Saeko decides that Ira just needs to find a nice boyfriend and everything will straighten itself out. However, the only boyfriend that Ira will accept is a gay man too ashamed to reveal his sexuality. It turns out such a man is pretty hard to find, and after a series of misunderstandings and an intense game of hopscotch, Ira ends up married to Saeko's heterosexual older brother, convinced that he's a closeted homosexual!
Banana Bread Pudding and a few of the stories included in Drunken Dream take an absurd-sounding premise, and manage to twist it into something serious and emotionally compelling. Definitely recommended for fans of classic shoujo manga.
Both these compilations of shoujo manga are emotionally mature, have a mixture of science fiction and drama, and contain at least one story by Moto Hagio. If you're tired of high-school, romantic comedies, and various other staples of shoujo, you may want ot check out these more nuanced offerings.