Wednesday, June 16, 2021

I Love You So Much, I Hate You by Yuni Review

What do work and love have in common? They can both take over your life...

Saori Fujimura and her boss, Ayako Asano, are an unbeatable duo at work, but after hours their relationship is more than just professional. As tensions mount between Ayako and her husband and Saori's feelings grow stronger, they'll have to decide-is it love they seek, or merely pleasure? 

Ayako Asano and Saori Fujimura are the duo that carries their department on their back however, when an affair rises between the two the questions of lust or love rises. As the affair continues we find our protagonist Ayako Asano begin to question whether she is truly happy with her life. Asano begins the affair out of revenge against her husband who had been cheating on her. As the affair goes on Asano finds herself with a new question…is she in love or is she blinded by lust.

Although this story has been told before in various ways it was still wonderfully told. As these two women navigate their relationship and sexuality with one another, it is still evident through the art style their stories are being told with extreme care. The graphic scenes are on the more tender side which is great to see this relationship not being sexualized for the male gaze. I really enjoyed the balance between comedy and drama, as the comedic aspects didn’t take away from the heart of the story or make the story feel tacky. What I really enjoyed the most about the manga is that there is no right answer for either character. They both really have to take the time and evaluate what the affair means to them and whether a romantic relationship can really bloom in the end. Even as the story seems to wrap itself up rather nicely, there was definitely some room left to follow Asano and Fujimura’s relationship in future volumes.

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