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After Hours

Jul 30, 2019

One of the sweetest love stories for both romantic main plot, Emi's character development subplot, the realistic portrayal of events, and the flow which sets up for Kei as the subject of an interesting character analysis. The moment(s) were sweet, and the music listed in the experience only heightened the senses. I keep thinking about their expressions of interest towards one another, their moments stumbling through life together, the mutual passion and breaths together. That's what I mean by sweet.

It, After Hours, wasn't only a primer on Tokyo-underground-DJ-rave music culture, but also satisfying in their romantic infatuation, emotional growth, development, and honest love. 

 So yes, After Hours is great at being a distinct voice of romantic relationship and companionship, with honest, more adult development. The underground music scene is definitely glib, surface level notes... But the relationship and the characters are why you ventured into romance, and can enjoy yuri- not for the romance to be a facade for a music industry piece.


More still, I would read this story again. I happily recommend it to those who value a realistic love story where the romance isn't the focus: there's value in the characters, their friends, their decisions, and their world. I would suggest it to those that value emotional and psychological conflict, to a modicum, in combination with their romance.

I wish I could find more about the author, Nishio Yuuta, just to pay the person and gain more of their work. This was so satisfying, so sweet, and so refreshing for being a distinctly comfortable story and execution. Thank you for giving me something that makes me feel human, and reminds me that art pieces can be touching and human.

10/10 story
8.5/10 art
8.8/10 characters
9.1/10 overall
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