Hara Manabu is a gay man who feels somewhat adrift in the world. He spends his days teaching at an all-boys school, his nights out on the town. While at a gay bar, he meets a young man named Sorano and feels an instant connection. But things become complicated when he sees Sorano again—as it turns out, the young man is a new student at Hara’s school. Can Hara navigate the feelings he has for a student?
Source: Seven Seas
I know it was really tough to see his unrequited love twice, and the thought of Hara sensei having a happy ending appealed to me, but I actually think this side story might be great for Hara sensei if he had found a partner with someone of his age. Personally, I don't really mind the age difference as long as there's no minor involved. However, there is an uncomfortable age disparity here, and to make matters worse, Sorano is a minor. A fifteen-year-old and a thirty-seven-year-old relationship, on the other hand, is disturbing no matter how you look at it. Also, the other couple, Arisaka sensei and Hibiki, have a massive age difference, but they are both consenting adults. It was somehow realistic that Arisaka get married to hide his sexuality, and I don't really feel bad for him when he's actually cheated on his wife and has a history of having a relationship with a minor in the past. If I'm not mistaken, Hara sensei was his student when they were in a relationship.
Story: this manga is a techer-student romance with Harasen from "Classmates". I felt there was more focus on his past than him developing a relationship with Sarano, and was a little lacking in the feels compared to "Classmates" and "Graduate". But overall, was good to see Harasen get a happy ending. Art: The art style grew on me with "Classmates" and "Graduate", but I felt like the weird stick legs were a bit to much in this one - especially for Sarano. Characters: Sarano and Harasen were good, both having their personalities portrayed quite well. I just didn't like the side characters (Harasen's past love interest and his lover) which seemed to be awkwardly included.
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