Neon Sign Amber

Vol: 1; Ch: 5
3.944 out of 5 from 991 votes
Rank #5,203
Neon Sign Amber

The me who can't smile very well, who seems to be sitting at the bottom of a water tank inside a blue box, was found by his amber-colored person who smiles a lot...

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There are elongated faces. The eyes for the two characters are flipped versions of each other--one has a triangle pointed up while the other has a triangle pointed down. The screentones and shading are done well, effectively giving off the proper club vibe of dancing lights in a dimmed atmosphere. The dicks are present and the balls are unhairy. There's sweating and blushing and nipples. Ya know, standard yaoi stuff. What other art details do you need to know? I liked some of the panel layout choices. Most notably, the one masturbation scene where the flashes of Ogata's fantasies were overlaid in small panels over a full-page spread of a giant, dripping dick. Great stuff, great stuff. "Should I stop doing this to other people?" Ogata asks in chapter two after having forced a kiss onto Saya without permission. And since it wasn't properly answered within the pages of the series, let me answer that. Yes, Ogata, you should immediately stop doing that type of thing, you casual molester. Also, the standard for consent shouldn't be asking whether the person you are pushing yourself onto hates it (as you suggest in chapter three). Not-hating it isn't the same thing as wanting it. Stop phrasing things in ways to try to subtly manipulate the person you're with into relenting. Also, how about you ask the question before you take action, you creep. Anyway, rape-y aspects aside, this story was pretty nice overall. It primarily alternates between scenes at the club where Ogata works and scenes at Saya's family's restaurant, where Saya cooks for Ogata. I especially liked Ogata's realization in chapter three that love doesn't necessarily translate into sexual compatibility, though I think this story would've been so much better if it had leaned into that realization and ended in a less "happy ending" type of way. Maybe if the two of them had become emotionally intimate, and maybe had some level of physical intimacy (like kissing or light petting), but also had other partners who they were more sexually compatible with. Ya know, ethical non-monogamy. Sure, what I'm suggesting isn't the standard, simplistic storybook ending that you tend to see in romantic stories, but I think it would've fit the flow of this story so much better and would've actually reflected some of the complications that can occur in the real world a lot better. As is, it's just yet another fluff piece that sands away all the rough edges of human relationships in order to achieve a fairy tale ending.

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