Despite the somewhat, ah, embarrassing cover, volume 3 of Our Teachers Are Dating! is exactly what I’d hoped it would be: an adorably fluffy book about an adorably fluffy yuri couple surrounded by Shippers On Deck.
Volume 2 of Our Teachers are Dating is pretty much more of what we got in Volume 1.
I was perhaps a touch worried that this series would go off track by introducing romantic rivals for either Saki Terano (the biology teacher in the white jacket) or Asuka Hayama (the Health and PE teacher in the tracksuit) but thankfully that didn’t happen. Pretty much the entire supporting cast remain shippers on deck, and it’s sometime hilarious how oblivious Hayatera (or Terahaya depending on who is talking about them) can be to this.
There is still some adult content, but it is also still handled sensitively and very romantically. The way the entire relationship is built on enthusiastic consent is also lovely to see, as is the reactions of at least one of the partners when she fears that she may (spoiler: she didn’t, it was a misunderstanding) have gone too far in one scene. They did have to talk about it afterwards and work out, together, what went wrong and how not to repeat the problem.
You know, like reasonable adults in love would.
This series is sweet enough to rot your teeth and require insulin shots with every volume. Recommended.
Saki Terano is a biology teacher and has just started dating Asuka Hayama, a Health and PE teacher at the same school. They are just lovely together, and the manga is beautifully drawn by Pikachi Ohi.
Our Teachers Are Dating is a yuri manga with adult elements. The latter are not overly explicit, are very sensitively handled, and very sweetly romantic. Continue reading
I actually bought The Collapsing Empire on the Grand Tour in London but for some reason didn’t get round to it until now.
That was a mistake.
The Collapsing Empire posits an complex, messy, interstellar empire with some fascinating science fictional concepts underpinning it. As of the start of the novel this Interdependency has been stable for a long time… and then it starts coming apart at the seams when the foundations of their trade network suddenly aren’t there anymore.
(That’s not much of a spoiler, it’s right there in the title).
Toss in John Scalzi’s solid characterisations, including several* that I really want to see more of in future instalments, as well as his usually snappy dialogue, and you have a book that I really enjoyed.
Recommended, and now I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
*Especially March, Cardenia, and Kiva.