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Catch These Hands!, Vol. 1

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At any rate, This isn't comedy at all, at least for me. Maybe I didn't get the jokes or whatsoever, but still, without the comedy this manga is really great. I personally think that this maybe just a typical cliche yuri manga, but it isn't. And so our two strange bedfellows start to spend more time together; Takebe trying to half-heartedly get out of her arrangement with Soramori via various useless plans (Takebe’s schemes are roughly as nuanced as a cheese sandwich) and Soramori, having finally caught her tail, not knowing what to do with it. Friedman, Erica (March 25, 2022). "Catch These Hands, Volume 1". Okazu . Retrieved January 5, 2023. Takebe was a delinquent in high school who would never run away from a fight. However, now as an adult, she is struggling to find direction in her life. In addition, all her friends are getting married and having families. So when she decides to get her act together and leave behind her delinquent days, she encounters her old rival, Soramori. Soramori issues her a challenge: If Soramori can win in a fight against Takebe, then they have to start dating.

Next comes the ‘meet the parents’ arc, which introduces the family and the very, very annoying ‘cousin with a crush’. This type of character doesn’t ever do much for me and watching her and Soramori compete to see who can be clingiest while driving Takebe nuts is probably the lowest point of this volume. CATCH THESE HANDS v2 is about two dorks who care more about their partner than they're willing to admit. Soramori's emotions are easy to read, but she's incredibly shy when it comes to voicing her concerns (e.g., obsessing over what defines a "proper date"). Takebe is cool, casual, and just wants to get the point (but not before chomping into three scoops of ice cream). Hey, Takebe is dour, did you know that? If the first volume hadn’t gotten that across, this one will really hammer it home a few more times as she and Soramori continue their somewhat different relationship. Also they’re gay. I do have to say that I really didn’t need the romantic rival character. It feels excessive especially when her attentions are directed at Takebe who already is the one that leans on the aro part of the spectrum. Like, leave this poor woman alone please 💀 Especially as well because it throws in incest vibes since Takebe calls her a cousin. Please spare me 💀

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It’s interesting that Takebe considers ‘you never change’ to be a negative about herself (even as she kind of resents change in others), while Soramori sees that as a positive. The latter is absolutely useless when it comes to helping Takebe break out of her mould. It means the whole thing coasts along with that comfy 'slow burn' effect to the romantic relationship that might wear out its welcome in a more emotionally intense story, but feels right at home here as most of the appeal is watching these two doofuses hang out, trying to get a handle on their own feelings and places in the world. It also helps that the humor consistently lands so well; as mentioned earlier, Catch These Hands! is mostly trading on beats of extremely dry comedy, playing the characters' awkwardness for humor with each other, but mostly not embarrassing them more broadly. Facial expressions and reactions are elements of visual humor murata gets a lot of mileage out of, particularly the recurring gag of Takebe's resting bitch-face which honestly never gets old. That idea of being 'fine the way you are' persists with the storytelling throughout this volume. It's not about Takebe actually changing herself to what she thinks maturity should embody, nor is it even about her or Soramori changing themselves to appeal to each other. Hell, Soramori basically cons Takebe into their relationship in the first place (amazingly built up with a slowly revealed gag about the way Soramori 'accidentally' became an strong delinquent brawler and only continued because of the high-school crush on Takebe she developed). That might have the odd taste of coercion in a romantic relationship, except here it never feels like Soramori's actually exercising any overt pressure (you get the feeling she'd let Takebe off the hook if she even had the thought to ask) while Takebe simply comes off as too stubborn in her honorary principles to turn her down. Nov 20 From the U.S. to Japan, You Can Control the Life-Size Moving Gundam from the Comfort of Your Own Home Fortunately, the next section, where Soramori decides to try cheap couples ideas and the women end up taking origami classes, is the best part this time out. It’s nice to see Takebe coming out on top, ridiculously so, and it once more teaches Soramori some valuable stuff about herself and her relationship.

By now, one must note this yuri manga is more of a situational comedy than a relational or character drama. Nothing romantic or theatrical actually happens in this comic book, and almost all of the character development occurs obliquely, when humor acquiesces to the weight of the moment. In August 2021, Yen Press announced that they had licensed the manga for publication in English, under the localized title Catch These Hands. [5] [6] The first volume was released in March 2022. [7] Volume list [ edit ] No. It’s a good start and I’ll definitely keep going with it, don’t get me wrong, and I love gags that comment on the creation of cover images as well, so bonus points there. I just wanted this to ‘wow’ me, not ‘okay’ me. Más interacción de Takabe con sus "amigas" que aparecieron 2 veces de fondo. (Para averiguar si en algun momento podian hablar sin que la prota las esté insultando en 'broma' o gritando como loca 👍)What I really appreciated about it is that while many manga are set in high school, this is a post-high school setting. Takebe is the bad girl who "peaked" in high school. She made her whole identity be the high school bad girl who was always up for a fight. Now she is 22, and she is lost. All of her friends are moving on to school, or jobs, or getting married, and she still does not know what she wants to do. I found that lost aspect of her character so relatable. She never took life seriously, but she thinks it is time that she should. CATCH THESE HANDS v2 thoroughly maneuvers this manga series toward Japanese genre expectations for yuri content (in contrast to lesbian content): no physical affection; character growth arrives at the expense of some other trope (i.e., coming-of-age humor); romance is ever-present but very slow-moving; and the characters regularly fail to prove their fondness for one another before they ever succeed. For western readers unaccustomed to this deliberate splicing or differentiation of plot conventions, Catch These Hands could prove a lengthy and tiresome read. Otherwise, it's a fun, open-hearted comic book. Part of my issue with this book is that if you’re going to be a one note character with no verisimilitude to speak of, you could at least do the audience the courtesy of being wildly hilarious and, while I will admit that parts of this story are good, this is fitfully amusing at best. All and all, I think what I've wrote above already covered most of my thought about this manga. I've tried my best to not spoil anything and made a good review, because this manga really deserves more attention about how good is this manga. Well, this is awkward. This is a pretty good tale of two people who can’t seem to grow up, though that’s a definite negative in the case of Takebe, who is a job-drifter living in the shadow of the life she created for herself in her school days.

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