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「sisterly love?」

Now be honest, who didn’t see this coming? Yuzu expulsion? Mei staying out the house? Dearth of pure love kissing? All deliberately utilized checkpoints on the ever expansive list of drama generation requirements. Last time was just the setup for the denouement (per say) this episode as relationships were confirmed and future conflicts revealed. As frequently mentioned citrus won’t fall far from the tree of romance tropes, and it’s now on full display for all to see.

While the issues concerning citrus’ use of abuse are well known at this point, this week succinctly highlights why it’s a divisive theme. From start to finish Yuzu is shown completely entwined around Mei’s finger, unable to resist the feelings embedded within her and absolutely torn at being unable to do anything about them. Sure the whole situation can be chalked up to teenage inexperience and the complications of puberty, but Mei on some level is encouraging the chaos. She is deliberately confusing Yuzu, pushing her away only to reel her back in just before the limit (as she understands it) is reached. She lets Yuzu use her first name, only to refuse to reciprocate and outright states she cares little for her new sister. It’s textbook hot and cold (i.e. “hard to get”), where pushing Yuzu away is meant to intensify the attention Yuzu gives her and increase Mei’s perception of self-worth. Make no mistake, Mei actually wants the attention Yuzu is giving her (it’s likely the first real attention she’s ever received), but doesn’t want to be seen as desiring it—she wants all the warm fuzzies without any of the social risk. No matter those daddy issues and own relationship problems of Mei’s it’s disgusting thing to do to someone so woefully inexperienced in matters of love, and Mei must bear full responsibility for the paradoxical dissonance and confusion she’s inducing in Yuzu.

The upside to this setup (if it can be called that), however, is that the love is unlikely to remain one-sided for long. Mei’s strategy for example is starting to fray around the edges as Yuzu grows increasingly needy for some form of release. By deliberately withholding attention from the girl she wants it from herself, Mei is ensuring scenes like these only grow more common as time goes by. Such spontaneity cannot be controlled no matter Mei hopes, and much like she drives Yuzu into actively grabbing brief moments of intimacy, so too can Yuzu push Mei into realizing her own desires. Of course such a change is unlikely to take hold anytime soon (that eliminates a good chunk of potential drama, cannot have that), but Yuzu’s kiss has sown the seeds of personal doubt in Mei’s near future. One way or another the student council president will eventually find herself actually attracted to Yuzu, and when that happens you can expect Mei’s stoic, domineering facade to come crashing down fast.

Before we get to the sweet satisfaction of fully realized forbidden love though, first we must get our couple closer together, and what better way than through third party competition? That’s right boys (and girls), a challenger is about to enter the ring and her name is Himeko. If you thought you’ve seen everything just wait, citrus hasn’t even hit full speed yet.

 

Preview

January 20, 2018 at 11:43 pm
30 comments »
  • January 21, 2018 at 1:18 amAngelus

    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

    Are Japanese highschool kids so innocent that they have to use manga as sex instruction manuals? No wonder the birthrate is so low!

    • January 21, 2018 at 1:39 amWorldwidedepp

      come on, as if you know since birth age how to do it…Not all country have Sexual education in school..

      • January 21, 2018 at 1:41 amWorldwidedepp

        so until know it’s their instincts that born this curiosity.. Education gives them the wisdom to “control” it and “protection”

    • January 21, 2018 at 5:14 amewok40k

      erm, as far as i know most of teenagers worldwide take their curiosity to other sources than official textbooks…

    • January 21, 2018 at 6:40 amVelvet Scarlantina

      Confirmed.

      Boob space girl Harumin is best girl.

    • January 22, 2018 at 6:23 amRedRocket

      As far as I know, even liberal sex education countries do not cover better ways to enjoy it classes especially tribadism.
      That book she is reading I’m sure if from the 18 plus section.

      The anti-sex culture in Japan is Western-imposed and shows the strength and stupidity of the Taboo instinct as people enforce a Taboo that they learned as a kid even though historically the taboo is not a Japanese one and should be rejected as a legacy of foreign medaling with Japan.

      Most objections to sex education are from people whose objective is to prevent sex, pregnancy, disease, and death are ok in that they punish those who have sex. They are trying to keep the child from hell if they have sex and the country from being destroyed from sexual rule violations by their evil, childish god. Thus arguing reducing pregnancy and disease is pointless with them.

    • January 23, 2018 at 4:12 pmRenaSayers

      To answer you question. SEX SELLS!!! Who doesn’t want to tell a tale where there is Romance and edge of your seat inticipating naughtiness. The audience wants a salacious tale.

  • January 21, 2018 at 5:17 amewok40k

    my thoughts when watching the “revenge of yuzu” kiss
    take that Mei! karma is a bitch…
    … a very yuri bitch
    also Harumin best wingwoman of the season, if not 2018

    • January 21, 2018 at 1:59 pmPancakes

      Just wait for the fluttering to enter Mei’s heart :P
      Passion is a terrible thing when you’re unable to control it.

  • January 21, 2018 at 6:42 amVelvet Scarlantina

    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    I went ahead to read the manga up to chapter 32 and I like where it goes. Yet at the same time I fear for Yuzu-chi as Show Spoiler ▼

    • January 21, 2018 at 2:02 pmPancakes

      Oh it’s going to be a roller coaster that’s for sure. The show sticks close to all the romance conventions, but it never lets off the gas which makes it all the more fun.

    • January 23, 2018 at 4:15 pmRenaSayers

      KEEP GOING IM LOVING THIS MORE AND MORE.

  • January 21, 2018 at 7:09 amEnan84

    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2018.jpg

    That mother, maybe you ask what your children want to have, they are old enough.

    • January 21, 2018 at 2:05 pmPancakes

      I cannot speak for everyone, but if my parents bought me a queen-sized bed I’d be ecstatic. Extra space for strenuous physical activity burying under the covers? Yes please sign me up.

      • January 22, 2018 at 11:46 amEnan84

        Emm, you would be fine to share your bed with your brother?

  • January 21, 2018 at 8:46 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    • January 21, 2018 at 2:06 pmPancakes

      That’s what threesomes are for remember. Why choose one when you can have both XD

      • January 21, 2018 at 7:49 pmVelvet Scarlantina

        HaruYuzuMei combo!

      • January 22, 2018 at 6:27 amRedRocket

        Pancakes, you’re my type of person “OT3 (one true threesome)” and “true harem” solve all the problems.

    • January 22, 2018 at 9:23 pmMari

      Oh don’t worry about her!

  • January 21, 2018 at 3:52 pmSkarfang81

    Harumin is the real star of this show lets be honest =)

  • January 21, 2018 at 5:53 pmChoya

    Harumin is the best!

    I’m really liking Yuzu as a character. She’s very honest about her feelings, and was upfront about how poorly she was being treated by Mei.

  • January 21, 2018 at 7:00 pmVelvet Scarlantina

    • January 22, 2018 at 6:40 amRedRocket

      Sounds like author bias and based on nothing scientific.
      This is not scientific but I have never noticed girls checking to see if anyone watching before they kiss.
      And the fascination of one sex being interested in seeing gay sex of the other sex includes females now who like to see men make out, so it is no longer a male thing.
      The article does not give credit to a likely reason, maybe women find the club atmosphere a safe way to try out bisexuality?

      The biggest way to reduce male aggression in clubs is for that approach not to work and for being nice and not bothering the girls much to work in clubs.

    • January 22, 2018 at 11:44 amEnan84

      As far as I know many woman, if not the majority are bisexual. So I wouldn’t give too much thoughts to an attempt to rationalize bisexual behaviour.

  • January 22, 2018 at 6:51 amRedRocket

    Wow, first time I have seen tribadism shown in anime. Go Harumin!
    Yuzu might be full on gay as an attractive female no way she did not have plenty of chances to go out with guys as she certainly turned down plenty of offers. Yuzu just knew that she was supposed to go out with guys so she thought her life was over when she lost the chance to turn guys down because she really was not interested, I think her primary interest in guys was to impress other girls.
    But this is a Japanise story and I have found the bisexual culture of the period before the opening to the west still strongly survives in the Class S shown in this school. That is for the public the girl-girl relationships never go all the way and the girls marry the man they are supposed to. But in private the girls if they wish to continue to have female lovers as well. So Yuzu and Mei probably will be somewhat bisexual in nature in parts of the story.

    This story may be melodrama but a good melodrama can be quite enjoyable.

    There are a lot of just the right time occurrences in this story to require suspension of disbelief but the actions of a flaky, loving, drinking mother do not require much disbelief.

  • January 22, 2018 at 8:52 amYanDaMan

  • January 23, 2018 at 6:40 am192.168.1.1

    What a nice and bright rendering of characters, thanks for giving an interesting tip, will be what to do in the evening =)