I only meant to read a few chapters of this today, but I ended up reading the whole thing. I loved it! Even more that Sunshine Sketch, I think.
I'm not even sure who my favorite character is yet. But my favorite part of the volume is when the club read the lyrics Mio wrote. And the panel of Yui's "I think they're wonderful..." "(Is she serious-?!)." The whole book is incredibly entertaining and has a nice, light sort of pacing.
Is it just me, or has the art style really developed a lot from the first chapters to the end of the book?
Yen Press's release really impressed me.
- All color pages retained.
- A very good translation that maintains a perfect balance between sounding natural and not being over-localized (I'm really glad they went with "Pop Music Club").
- More translation notes than are even really necessary.
- Great cover and design throughout the book, afterword translation, bonus comics, and random music lesson.
Originally Posted by tenton
Originally Posted by pianocello
Any yuri? How ecchi is this?
It's not ecchi at all. If you've watched the anime, that's pretty much the level of things in the manga. Though we do get to see shimapan and not a rice bowl
Yen Press actually rated the series OT (16+) for Language and Sexual Situations. I first thought that's kind of high. There is Mio's shimapan, but also Sawako stripping her. Plus Tsumugi being all lesbian, which I guess offends some conservative sensibilities. For Language, there is "shit" and "crap" from Sawako-sensei and Ritsu.
There's just one yuri character, who gets hot and bothered by imagining the other girls as yuri couples. It's an interesting reflection on the nature of otaku sensuality, since so far she's only interested in love between third parties (so far).
I can see how this series could be a playground of yuri subtext, since there's already a character reading into the subtext for you. And so far, there's not a single male character.