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A Girl on the Shore

Dec 5, 2019

Two middle schoolers have sex with each other as a way to distract from the depression and melancholy of their mundane daily lives. The main characters rarely if ever smile. Don't expect happiness. Throughout the entire manga, it's a very nihilistic portrayal of life and love filled with heartbreak and compromises.

The boy, Isobe, knows that the girl, Koume, is just using fem to forget the pain of being used by Misaki, but is initially willing to accept just being feir sex toy because fe likes fem. Tension does arise when Koume deletes some files off Isobe's computer and fe sees malice in that; fe sees fem stomping on fem to satisfy feir whims. But fe's not intending to.

It's largely a story of sexual awakening. But the characters don't even look like they enjoy the sex all that much. It's just a way to pass the time, to feel something more than emptiness. And for me, that's what stops it from feeling like a creepy exploitation of preteens and instead feel like a realistic portrayal of nascent sexuality.

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
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