Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare

Alt title: Shimanami Tasogare

Vol: 4; Ch: 23
2015 - 2018
4.376 out of 5 from 1,485 votes
Rank #112
Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare

Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he's also terrified that he's been outed as gay. Just as he's contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a group of people dealing with problems not so different from his own. In this realistic, heartfelt depiction of LGBT+ characters from different backgrounds finding their place in the world, a search for inner peace proves to be the most universal experience of all.

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Shimanami Tasogare is a manga that truly brings light to what it means to be LGBT+ in a country that's mildly unaccepting of it. Despite only being 23 chapters long, we, as the readers, get to see a huge change in the characters that we're shown and though the ending was a bit rushed, this manga was absolutely stunning in art, amazing in it's characters, and even though the plot wasn't the best, it still worked. Shortly, I believe that it's definitely worth the read. Now for the elongated version of this review: The manga isn't for everyone. That's definitely true. It's heavy on themes like homophobia, gender dysphoria, cis people being, well, cis people, but the LGBT character are never shown in a horribly bad light. Not only are the characters are allowed to be themselves, they're allowed to make mistakes, like with Tasuku and his crush. I love Tasuku. He's learning to accept himself, learning to accept others and beginning to understand what the other people in the community feel. He's trying his best, and as a reader and member of the LGBT community, I feel for him. He's an extremely relatable character that made you proud in those perfect little moments of the story. This manga doesn't just focus on gay people either. Trans characters, genderfluid characters, lesbians, even those who are asexual or questions-- they're all welcomed by this story and truly brings out a nice feeling. These characters become a family, a true showing of what Pride means to all of us. It's amazing. The art is amazing, too. There are scenes where you will just have to stop for a moment and just look at how intricate and beautifully drawn the characters are, the background, the scenery. Everything just fits together and brings this manga to a wholesome closing. In other words, you should all read it. You won't regret it.

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