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Anime : 12 episodes
OP : nano.RIPE - Azalea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNfXwN5JQvg
ED : Mia REGINA - Dear Teardrop :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUehaUSdaHc
OST :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDM-nKct8Kw
Countdown arts : http://www.mediafire.com/file/ti3hub68hp1lvwi/Promotional%20citrus%20countdown.zip

DVD and blu-Ray : 3 episodes per volume
Volume 4 : 3rd of July
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Manga : Ongoing

Scans on Dynasty : https://dynasty-scans.com/series/citrus
Anthology booklet short stories : https://dynasty-scans.com/series/citrus_anthology_lovely_party
Anthology book : https://dynasty-scans.com/series/citrus_anthology

Translations are done by Chaosteam (CT)

Latest translation : Chapter 39 : Yuzu comes out to Ume, Shou, and Harumin. She enlists Harumin's help. Matsuri is planning something to mess with Mei's plans.

Next
- Chapter 40, 18th of July

Drama CD volume 4 :
Track 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8yMiqyEuVw
Track 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJE9oO47FVo
Track 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMFjDOaY6A
Track 4 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36K5TmmGTq8

Drama CD volume 9 :
Track 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wWcUKK68qg&t=23s
Track 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXEUfYGOIH4&t=194s
Track 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyAlJ2qROP8
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>>2643559
The volume 9's drama CD had a few interesting bits of info.

- Sara now thinks of Mei as her ideal person, someone she wants to be like.

- Matsuri is attached to Harumin and thinks of her in a motherly way, accidentally calling her "Mama" at one point.

- Himeko is amazing at sewing and makes her own outfits.

- Mei dresses dully, because she wants to have a lady-like persona.

- Yuzu is good with her hands.
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>>2643589
>- Matsuri is attached to Harumin and thinks of her in a motherly way, accidentally calling her "Mama" at one point.
Guess that ship is sinking.
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So we're getting close to something big here and i'm feeling sentimental. How did all of /u/ anons discover Citrus?

I was in a yuri thread on /a/ about four years ago when someone recommended me a few manga. I think it was up to just around when Shou first showed up when I started reading. Took a break for a few months while doing life stuff and came back and read some more.

It didn't take much to hook me. Citrus has a lot of ingredients that I love in romance stories. I am the biggest sucker for opposites attract characters falling in love and trying to make it work.
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>>2643651
Nope. Remember that Matsuri thought of Yuzu as an older sister but still wanted to have sex with her. She's attracted to kind older girls that pay attention to her.
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>>2643685
I think I was on a thread in /u/ right around the time the series started. I didn't actually start reading it until sometime during volume 8 though, since comments I read about the first four volumes made the series sound silly.

I'm glad I gave the series a chance though. Harumin and Matsuri are my favorite characters. And I wish Shiraho got more panel time.
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>>2643685
A friend of mine recommended Citrus to me. I started reading it a couple of years ago, and I fell in love with it. I mean, it turned out to have a lot of drama, but I love the story, and the characters.
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>>2643651
She also calls Harumin "my beloved Taniguchi-senpai" and claims to have taken a sexy pic of Harumin in that same drama CD story. Her feelings for Harumin are obviously complex, since it seems to be a bit of mother complex combined with interest in Harumin's personality and sexual attraction.
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>>2643685
The first time I heard of it was when /u/ made a big stink about the teacher forcefully kissing Mei. Around the same time they were also arguing whether Yuze was a lesbian or bisexual.

Despite the negative attention, I gave it a shot and found myself hooked. The bimonthly releases were pure torture though, and really gave the illusion that things were progressing at a glacial pace when in actuality most of the plot points wrapped up pretty quick.
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>>2644157
Later volumes had the advantage of being monthly, which helped the pacing feel better. Not to mention that Saburouta's art improved from the first few volumes compared to now. Plus, there's the deal with cell phones. Only Yuzu and Matsuri had smartphones at first, since Japan was still transitioning to them at the time, but by volume 5 everyone had them.

Whatever Saburouta does next will have the advantage of better art, monthly release, more modern tech already being a thing, and gay marriage being legal in parts of Japan. Remember in early volumes of Citrus where Yuzu admits that her and Mei couldn't get married?
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>>2643559
Whenever I look at that dumb chart from crunchyroll, I never expected to see Citrus to be watched a lot in bible belt states like Mississippi and Arkansas
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>>2644214
A lot repressed gays in the bible belt states, Citrus is probably refreshing a god send.
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>>2644214
Anon, it ain't the 70's. I grew up in the south with a lot of Christians and not only do we have a lot of out gays and lesbians but a ton of yuri fans.
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>>2644418
You're also still the bible belt, you can tout that changed shit when you aren't the bible belt anymore
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>>2644422
Jesus fucking Christ on a pogo stick, I didn't ask to be born here, sheesh.
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>>2644676
Right in the heart boner.
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>>2643685
Knew about it from the anime adaption and only just watched it over the last two days. I liked it but hated all the back and forth stuff.
>Mei: I'm gonna kiss this girl but tell her to back off if she comes onto me
>Yuzu: I'm gonna kiss this girl but tell her to back off if she comes onto me
Going to read the manga so don't know if it's much better in that regard.
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>>2645927
Volumes 5-8 are pretty comfy compared to the first 4 volumes the anime covered. Volume 9 is a sucker punch, but we're in volume 10 now and things look like they're starting getting better soon.

You should read the volume 2 and 3 volume bonus chapters, since the anime didn't adapt them. And listen to the drama CDs from the OP with the subtitles enabled for volume 9's.
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>>2645927
There is a point in the manga where they ramp up to full blown dating and it's a little better than that. Mei is still kind of a sperg about affection but she becomes a bit more open and affectionate herself a few times without provocation.
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>>2645979
>but she becomes a bit more open and affectionate herself a few times without trying to rape Yuzu.
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>>2645987
Yuzu: "It's my turn."
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>>2645989
Yuzu is a hurricane of passion, she's a giver so a wonderful top. Mei would be a bad top as long as she doesn't know how to give without trying to dominate, Yuzu is selfless so she's fine with that.
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>>2644676
best img this month
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>>2644676
This is pretty fucking cute and hot at the same time.
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Given that Matsuri is doing her own thing and will probably be upset when she finds out the manager is Mei's fiance, what are the chances that she causes some trouble for Mei or messes up Yuzu and Harumin's plan?
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>>2646822
It will trigger a domino effect, but I think it is more a way to explain Udagawa's revelation and a way maybe this time to show Matsuri that Yuzu's maturity and Harumi's wisdom is superior to her tricky ways.

Matsuri will be used to make progress the plot as the author told. Matsuri is the triggering force of some complications, but it is to see her plans thwarted like in volume 3 (for the good) or volume 8 (for the bad).

Maybe it will show Yuzu's strength cause she'll learn about Udagawa, maybe Mei will be in a bad situation cause of Matsuri's plan, but Yuzu will be here to show that doesn't stop her. The chapter 39 seemed to have triggered another thematic, truth and transparency. Yuzu revealed everything, she has nothing to hide now, Mei, on the other hand, is in the kingdom of lies, she lied to Udagawa, she lies to herself ... so Matsuri will probably be here to force her to uncover her lies, and here the resolution could happen.
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I want to see a picture of Ume, Yuzu's father and little Yuzu together. After reading chapter 39, i'm really curious about Yuzu's father, we don't know anything about him, but he seems really important at the same time.
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>>2643589
>Yuzu is good with her hands
Oh my!
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>>2648481
And she has a long tongue as one of the volume bonus chapters revealed.
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Hopefully Mei will finally get some panel time next chapter. But I almost think she might not show up until the last few pages of the chapter.

What I think is more likely is Yuzu and Harumin having a strategy meeting on how Yuzu can get Mei back, meanwhile Matsuri finds out Udagawa is Mei's fiance and freaks out over it.

Volume will likely end on a cliffhanger leading to volume 11. Probably Matsuri outing Mei to Udagawa and her grandfather in a fit of anger, while Yuzu and Harumin have just arrived on the scene, but too late to stop Maturi's outburst.
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https://twitter.com/_saburouta/status/1014110565319340032?s=19

Sabu's hands as trendy as ever.
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>>2650260
Oh yeah, the final volume of the anime came out today in Japan.
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Next month is going to suck, since there is almost certainly going to be a break due to volume 10 getting released. Hopefully it'll have a volume bonus chapter this time.
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>>2644676
And they're wearing their rings.
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>>2650304
The Yurihime editor works Saburouta to the fucking bone. As much as I hate waiting she needs the breaks.
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>>2650367
I know. It's just a bit sad that after next chapter we'll have to wait until September for the continuation of the story, especially since volume 10 could end on a cliffhanger leading into the start of volume 11.

The good thing about the breaks is that we hopefully won't have another chapter 33 incident where a chunk of the chapter released as sketches.
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>>2650304
Nope, no break for the moment because of volume 10 isn't scheduled to be released. People should stop expanding rumors for the moment. Usually, there is a volume released after 4 chapters, but the case here is different.

Chapter 37 was too short. If volume 10 isn't promoted to be released in August in the next Yuri Hime that means August will have chapter 41 and this will be still for volume 10.
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>>2650448
I may add that no volume from Ichijinsha seems to be scheduled for a release in August. First, June and July are full of releases: 11 releases for July.

Second, Yuri Hime 10 is already in pre-order but no volumes yet. Usually, if Yuri Hime is in pre-order the next months, the editor release the pre-order for the volumes of the same month the same day. It seems August will be a blank month for tankobons from Yuri Hime. And so for Citrus too.
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While I'm a big fan of a show actually taking the relationship seriously, I'm not a fan of unnecessary aggressive scenes. Mei coming of as a bitch is one thing, and I like it. But as a serial harasser is another. And I have a hard time believing it's just daddy issues.
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>>2650461
What's with the tumblr speak?
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>>2650471
It's a criticism not a condemnation. I liked the show.
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>>2643685
I read pretty much everything that passes through RR. I remember how exciting and new Citrus seemed when it first appeared and then how it slowly became a disappointment of drawing out storylines and waiting for scans. It's kind of comfy to read now though since it's been around so long and I am looking forward to seeing how things end, in a good way.
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>>2650471
I actually read people saying that elsewhere too. They sound like pussies but I guess if it was a guy being that aggressive I'd have a different opinion but since it's yuri it's okay.
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>>2650561
Not according to MAL reviews.
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>>2650448
>Chapter 37 was too short.
So what? Chapter 33 was really short too and volume 9 was short volume in general because it had no volume bonus chapter either.

Most likely they'll promote volume 10 with the next YH issue.

>>2650454
> It seems August will be a blank month for tankobons from Yuri Hime. And so for Citrus too.
If that's the case, then the volume might just be late coming out, that doesn't necessarily mean it will have extra chapters.
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>>2650620
The chapters 34 and others made up for the short 33. Chapter 37 was more shorter and 38-39 didn't make up for the missing pages. It stills too short for a volume 10. A definitive answer will be in Yuri Hime 08 but I stand on my point. Volume 9 was still 150 pages without bonus. Here, it would be 120 pages. 15 + 70 if chapter 40 is 35 which isn't even sure.

The author will do like Kodama, she'll break her 4 chapters per volume rule especially since for the moment, the pages count isn't here.
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Who cares about August? Volume 10 will be the last, chapter 42 will close the volume in September. Simple.
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>>2650678
She could just make chapter 40 longer and do a longer volume bonus chapter to make up for the page count.
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>>2650679
That would be one heck of a rushed ending in that case, but given how other Yuri Hime series have ended, I wouldn't even be surprised at this point.
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>>2650695
Kodama is able to do a 50 pages chapter in one month, Saburouta, i doubt about that since the number of details she puts in her work. 42 is the more she did, and she had a hiatus before it.
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>>2650679
Wow. Citrus might actually end by the end of the year. Extra long volumes are usually only done if it's the end of the series.

October could be final volume bonus chapter epilogue if no volume release in August turns out to be true.
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>>2650838
That's what Kodama did. 6 chapters and a very long last one (for her).

But, we can also have some final volume where Yuzu and Mei rekindle their relationship. Only the author knows so let's wait for 18th of July. We'll know if we are for a long volume 10 meaning, a final volume. Or if volume 10 is released in September, we can also just have a normal volume with chapter 37 being only a transitional one and not a real chapter.
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The artist who draws fluffy arts of Yuzu and Mei announced he would do a book or a doujin. He already showed a sketch of two future pages.
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Any predictions for chapter 40 besides >>2649702?
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>>2652320
My guess, Matsuri unleashes some unpredicted chaos by discovering something, Udagawa's being Mei's fiance or something else. Yuzu will face a wall at first with Mei still being stubborn.
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>>2645989
How many times have they made out? Yet they still look scared a shit every time they do it.
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>>2652320
I have a funny one. Yuzu and Harumin head to where Mei is. Matsuri tags along with them. While confronting Mei, granpa or whoever shows up, so Harumin and Matsuri have to hide because they want to overhear an important conversation. While hiding in a confined space together, Matsuri feels Harumin up.
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>>2649264
Saburouta drew a pic of Matsuri molesting Yuzu to go along with volume 3 of the anime.
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>>2653638
Sample? Where's the one without a water mark.
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hi is there any other good Yuri stuff I can read while waiting for the next chapters?
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Next chapter comes out next week, right?
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>>2652445
To be fair, pic related was the first time Yuzu kissed Mei.
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>>2653658
This isn't new art by any means, by the way. It was released in March or April as a promo for Citrus.
Not sure what the previous poster meant or if the same art was just reused for the latest anime volume.
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>>2653764
Chapter should drop on the 18th in Japan, which is the 17th in many English speaking time zones.

Last month raws came out on the 16th in the US, because someone on baidu got the magazine early and posted the raws there.
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>>2643685
So my story with citrus. . . I just got back into anime after a looooooooooong break (10 years) thanks to a trashy anime named eromanga sensei. Anyways on my youtube feed there's the citrus trailer but thanks to my ADHD I only watched the first minute of it and dropped it, but citrus seemed like a cool name and I was completely oblivious to yuri tropes, thus the day of the release I watched the intro, skipped the OP like I do with all animes and then the fun began. I went completely blind, and when the yuzu-mei kiss began my heart went doki doki and thus I was converted into citrus and the religion of yuri.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n6sWxCu-gs
I pretty much sold my soul to the yuri gods
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>>2654637
>went in completely blind
>skipped the OP

I'm honestly jealous. I wish to fuck it happened like that for me too. It must have been intense. I kinda want a play by play of how the whole thing went down for you.
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>>2654639
This explains it, citrus pretty much took me by surprise, also there's the issue that porn, romance anime ,harem anime bore me and annoy me in general (with their beta MC's), while citrus made my heart race every chapter from the first to the last (and the manga made me cry). It awakened my love (thirst?) for yuri, made Yuzu into my spirit animal and the manga made matsuri into my waifu (weird for a yuri, i know)
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>>2654666
I love it when someone see's the light. I've been a yuri fan since, fuck. 1999? 2000? when was Azumanga Daioh published in the U.S.?

Citrus was the first pure yuri manga I got into since Strawberry Panic and reawakened the love for me after years. It also inspired me to write my own yuri romances.

Anyway, welcome to the lily garden.
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Seriously fuck this fiance thing.
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>>2654637
Cant wait to see your reaction when you watch something that isnt considered trash by the majority of the community.
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>>2654781
The fiance thing is really more the symptom of the problem. The real issue is Mei's grandfather putting a ton of unrealistic expectations on Mei and her trying to fulfill those expectations despite it making her miserable. Her trying to make it sound like it's her own idea is a lie too, since she claimed the same thing in volume 1 despite it not being true then either.
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>>2654781
it's consistent with the story so far, doesn't mean we're supposed to like it
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>>2654885
Different anon, but I think it could've been foreshadowed a bit more. Maybe have a background character at the school mention her engagement or something, so that way the reader gets reminded of the arranged marriages.
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>>2654788
Not that anon but who gives a shit what other people think?
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https://twitter.com/glidesloe/status/1016414252700086272

Preorders for the doujin of Sabu's double
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>>2653634
Is it just me or does Matsuri's face look a bit like Mei's here?
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>>2655051
Most people or else civilization would collapse.
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>>2655158
I mean, when it comes to personal entertainment I don't give a shit. You can't help what you like. I like some trashy shit and maybe it's a little embarrassing sometimes but fuck it, it's no bodies business but mine.

Not to say anon can't enjoy other, better yuri stories but he can do whatever too.
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Only 1 week until chapter 40. I'm so excited. I want to see Yuzu and Harumin teamed up and see what the heck Matsuri's up to.

Matsuri said gather info as part of her plan, but how she plans to get info on Mei is anyone's guess.
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Mei a shit, SHITTTTTT
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>>2655340
Are you implying Yuzu has shit taste?
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>>2655403
I'm outright saying it. Yuzu is too good for Mei. She could do better, but she wants Mei so there's no point
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>>2655437
The heart wants what it wants. Sometimes you love one person so much, give them your all, pour everything into a relationship and after all that nothing and no one can make you happy again. Seven years of my life I can't replace. ;__;
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>>2655449
I think that the purpose of the manga is clearly to stress the fact Yuzu's love is so intense and so unexplainable that of course, we question how she can still be so in love with Mei. But, the author makes clear that she's her everything, as broken as Mei is, there will be nobody else for Yuzu.

Is it healthy for Yuzu? Probably not, not for the moment until Mei solves her shit and open herself and be able to give as much as she took from Yuzu. Could Yuzu have someone more suited, there is no doubt. But the heart has its reasons that reason ignores. Citrus is the perfect example of that.
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Here the sales for the 4 volumes on a thai site.
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>>2655759
People must've really disliked Himeko and Mei's dad. Volume 2 has even less sales than volume 3 and 4, which is very odd.
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>>2655759
maybe the hated the almost NTR
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>>2655508
I really think Yuzu is the author avatar. At least wishing she were Yuzu.
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>>2656274
Citrus is a catharsis. Saburouta always said she liked characters' dynamics based on opposition and contrast. But she also stated that she was very like Yuzu, personality wise.

Yuzu is clearly her self-insert, but this time, we can hope the ending will be better, cause like many authors who project themselves and their life in their main characters, Saburouta wants Yuzu to succeed where she failed. Cause she mentioned having been in love with a girl at school ... apparently, it didn't end well and the author is still single.
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>>2656360
Yeah, it kind of oozed from reading it all the way through. She created Yuzu to be what she wanted to be. A confident, energetic but still goodhearted person.

Also, I wasn't aware the author was a lesbian. I always found the forbidden love aspect of it was what drew most women to Yuri.
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>>2656360
Right in the feels.

Right. In. The. Feels
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>>2656367
Especially since she explains, in this interview (the one translated by Chaosteam she made for her German fans) that she wakes up early, does her housework and begins to draws at 9 AM to finish her day around 9 PM and going to bed around 1 AM.

Yuzu and Saburouta both deserve a happy ending, the author has clearly a lonely routine life and since she's called "sensei" by her fellow mangakas and her editors, she must be highly respected in the field as the workaholic detailed obsessed artist she is. I read somewhere she's known to have a great work ethic.
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>>2656395
For info.
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>>2656395
>5hours of sleep
>12hours of work a day
Unless you don't consider your work as work, this is stupid. The 5hours of sleep are generally stupid of course. The bill will come for that eventually.
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>>2656400
Mangakas are known to be burn-out victims. Editor's pressure and the fact the workload is high. But don't forget how people here and there whine and whine cause there aren't enough pages in a chapter, or some pages are unfinished or there is a hiatus. Everybody find this schedule excessive, but many also want their chapter in time and beautifully drawn and written.
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>>2656421
I don't understand why they don't do manga in seasons anyway. Especially monthly manga feel weird as fuck. Let alone those that get published in even bigger intervals. Reading 20-30 pages once a month is not something I can consider "following a story".
But well, Japan seems to not mind that, as such it exists. Luckily this isn't happening with anime I guess. Or else we'd not have weekly but monthly episodes there as well.
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>>2656446
>I don't understand why they don't do manga in seasons anyway.
Probably because they think people will lose engagement if story content doesn't come out fairly often. If you only get new content for a series every 4-6 months maybe they think people will forget about it in favor of other series.

People complained enough as it was when Citrus only came out once every 2 months.
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>>2656396
Af least we have confirmation that she has no idea where the story is going.
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>>2656633
This is from an old interview.

She also said that while she didn't know how many volumes the series would have that she had the ending in mind already. This likely means she always planned to bring the arranged marriage issue from the first volume back all along.
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>>2656633
>>2656638
Yes, in this interview, she clearly says she knows how it will end, it is just the number of side plots and dramatic events that weren't all in her mind.
But she clearly already knew the last arc was the arranged marriage, because it is cliche in a yuri romantic story, because of Mei's social background, and as anon pointed, because it was foreshadowed in chapter 1 and also in the Gramps's speech in the hospital.

The "for a while" was very explicit for Japanese readers about the fact that Mei's duties would come back. We can disagree on the author's talent for writing her plot, but we cannot reproach her to ignore where she goes.
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>>2656653
Except the arranged marriage was literally only brought up during the first volume, fixed by simply making it public and then never talked about ever again by anyone. Not Mei, Yuzu, mom, dad, momo, or Harumi ever bring it up ever again after it gets called off. Everyone forgets that Mei was ever engaged.

There is no foreshadowing. Its being made up on the spot.
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>>2656395
are you stupid or just pretending?
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>>2656662
I disagree, to some extent. I think the author could have brought it up from time to time with some subtle things, maybe a slip from Himeko ... But, the manga, until volume 9, was pure yuzu's PoV.

And Yuzu was oblivious to the situation. So, it is clear that we didn't see this problem resurfacing until volume 8 also because of that. Yuzu forgot Mei needed to be engaged sooner or later, she forgot that, and Mei played the charade because she wanted to forget that too.

As an amateur writer (not native English though), I can understand why the author did that. Shock the public, surprise people, even if there were some hints for a reader used to these tropes. I also assume she wanted to show Yuzu's and Mei's romantic bubble, how these two girls, one by being naive and ignorant to the social conventions, the other by wanting to desperately dream that her duties wouldn't come back were oblivious to the Damocles sword that was hanging on their couple.

Matsuri was like a foreshadowing voice, the clearly warned yuzu in volume 6 about the fact she was a naive teenager in love and would lose the "adult game". Mei being conflicted about the situation was shown all the previous volumes, her reluctance, her sighs, and "autistic" mannerisms. So, the author more chooses to let slide the subject to mimic the main character perception of her love story. And here was the fall when the revelation hit Yuzu like we, readers were hit and could think it was just made up on the spot by the author. Personally, I was not surprised and since volume 4 I felt that this would come back on the table.
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>>2656672
Could you be clear about what you find stupid?
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>>2656662
>Its being made up on the spot.
I disagree. Mei's guilty behavior in the library scene in volume 6 was a pretty clear indication that she knew she couldn't stay with Yuzu forever. That was also the volume where Mei's new fiance and the rings were introduced, along with Matsuri warning Yuzu that love is a dangerous game. Too much happened in volume 6 for the engagement plot to not have already been the plan.
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>>2656675
> the author has clearly a lonely routine life and since she's called "sensei" by her fellow mangakas and her editors, she must be highly respected in the field as the workaholic detailed obsessed artist she is.
Every.single.mangaka is called "sensei" by their peers, not just Saburouta. It's simply a sign of respect.
Her routine is nothing unusual either. It's common for mangaka to work a lot. All of them put a lot of effort on their art.
She may have based Yuzu on herself, but assuming Yuzu is her self-insert to the point she writes her to succeed where she failed is dumb.
>Cause she mentioned having been in love with a girl at school ... apparently, it didn't end well and the author is still single.
So? She may have fallen in love with a girl in high school, then fell in love again with someone else and so on. Being single tells us nothing. We don't even know if she's single, since Japanese people don't talk about their private life at all.
>Also, I wasn't aware the author was a lesbian.
Has she ever said she is? I recall reading she is bisexual, but I don't know if she said it herself.
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I think that the people who complain about "lack of foreshadowing" are just really bad at noticing it unless it practically beats them over the head.

Same thing with My Unrequited Love. There were signs from the start that the husband was a cheater, but people somehow missed the numerous signs, then complained there was no foreshadowing for it.
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>>2656674
That is just plain stupid. Yuzu just forgot? Thats rich. She saw the girl she loved being abused in the parking lot by her fiancee and it gets written off that she just forgot? What a joke.

Yuzu isnt oblivious, she isnt ignorant. Its explained to her clearly, so much so that she comes up with a plan that easily breaks up the engagement.

Everyone forgot that Mei was engaged to a man who abused her on school grounds. Her father and step mother didnt give a shit about it, never brought it up once. It was a melodramatic trope that the author used as a starting block. And now that she has run out of ideas she is reusing old conflicts.
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>>2656662
No, it is foreshadowing. It established Mei as someone who is in a position where strategically arranged marriages are important

Wha did bug me however, was the fact that she was engaged to a mere teacher. No matter how elite a teacher actually is, no matter how amaizing his or her track record may be when it comes to getting students into elite universities, a high school teacher is still just a fucking teacher and it made no sense that a family that owns an elite private school would sell their daughter off for so little
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>>2656685
Nah, its just fans claiming there was foreshadowing where none existed.
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>>2656693
Volume 6 is full of foreshadowing for the engagement plot. The fact that people can miss it says alot about how some readers can't pick up on subtlety.
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Citrus has shit writing and there are lots of stuff that are made up on the spot, but the marriage isn't one. There was some foreshadowing, it wasn't enough, but it was there.
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>>2656683
Not all mangakas of Yuri Hime are called sensei on a regular basis so.
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>>2656691
Except she isnt in a position where a strategic marriage is important unless they intend to make her husband the new chairman while Mei becomes a housewife to raise their children.

If she intends to become chairwoman then getting married so early means nothing.
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>>2656694
No, Matsuri saying love is hard in a manga that constantly creates romantic conflict at every oppertunity is not foreshadowing.
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>>2656696
Like who? Well, Namori gets called sensei, too. And I know plenty other mangaka who are called sensei as well in interviews and stuff. It's just standard politeness.
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>>2656701
I'm talking about Mei's behavior in the library, the fiance showing up, and the rings showing up and the fiance knowing about them.
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I called the manager being a rival from his first appearance. A male character showing up that late in the series and showing up alongside the important rings was obviously a bad sign from the start.
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>>2656704
Mei acting like her usual autistic self isnt foreshadowing.
A male character that isnt affiliated with the school is any way whatsoever isnt foreshadowing. He is literally just the store manager.
The rings are not foreshadowing. They have nothing to do with Mei marrying a man.
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>>2656712
>>2656713
The real bad sign was when Matsuri revealed the manager was a rich guy. And the fact that he kept showing up even after Yuzu quit the job once she had gotten the rings.
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Was last month a fluke about the raws coming out early on baidu? Or has the series increased popularity due to the anime made it so we might start getting raws a bit earlier now?
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>>2656729
The anime or popularity have nothing to do with that. I don't know why raws are out earlier sometimes, I remember back in 2016, a couple of chapters were out on the 14. I guess it's related to Yuri Hime.
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From CT's facebook:

>Info time: We got the informations about the next Yurihime, planned for the 18th of the month. There will be indeed a new Citrus chapter (which probably won't be the last of volume 10 for once, since volume 10 isn't planned for next month).

We'll have to wait and see if it's really not the last chapter of the volume. If it isn't then either it's either the final volume or we'll get one extra chapter to make up for chapter 37 being so short.
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>>2656798
Chinks get it earlier coz YH is also published in chinese.
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>>2656712
>>2656716
I dunno if i'd call him a rival unless he pulls a sudden heel face turn and reveals he's a giant douche. He's gonna fold like a lawn chair. He's too much of a sensitive romantic type to stand in the way of true love.
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>>2656917
The issue is that if he backs out of the arranged marriage agreed to it will make his family look bad, damage their reputation, and hurt their ties with the Aihara family. He might not back down at first, since his actions will impact his family.
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>>2656824
>the final volume
Just let it end, please.
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early leaks. 4 pages.
Mei is back. She was at school all these months.
Matsuri dug her nose and inform Yuzu about investigating
Nene learn the truth
Mei still wears the ring but seems conflicted.

Does she think that Yuzu moved on and is she crumbling in her resolve?
A call to do?
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>>2657260
Nene just took a truck in full face, end of her ship.
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>>2657261
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>>2657264
Who will be on the other side of the line?
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>>2657264
>>2657266
So after all the bravado, it seems Mei might be the one to crack and contact Yuzu.

>>2657260
>Does she think that Yuzu moved on and is she crumbling in her resolve?

I hope that's not the real reason Mei might be considering potentially contacting Yuzu, since then it would just come across like volume 3 where Mei started pursuing Yuzu again out of jealousy.
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>>2657261
Nene finally knows the truth. We truly are near the end of the series.

From the previews it looks like this chapter is about how miserable Mei is without Yuzu and how she might be about to cave.
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>>2657260
>Mei is back. She was at school all these months.
Obviously. She just said that she will do her best to avoid Yuzu at school, official and familial occasions, not that she will disappear altogether. Realistically speaking, they should have seen each other many times over the timeskip.
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>>2657261
>>2657264
>Matsuri will do stupid shit
Hahaha.... I always believed in her.
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>>2657805
This is only the first 3 pages of the chapter. We still don't know what "revenge/prank" she had in mind for Mei.
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>>2657873
She still has those photos of she kissing mei, right?
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>>2657266
I think there is no one in the other side of the line. I think Mei is trying to be strong and not calling Yuzu.
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>>2657341
What bravado? She literally left Yuzu because she wouldn't be able to carry on with her duties around her. She was trying to avoid her for a reason.
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>>2657996
>last chapter
Well, shit ending ahead.
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>>2658017
Well, there is not much lef that could be done with this story, anyway. It's better this ends rather then get prolonged with another arc like vol4.
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>>2657996
What it says?
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>>2658031
>For the last time.
>2018/8/18
Rest is not important.
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>>2658031
>The sisters' love will finally...
>Final chapter...
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>>2658022
Oh, you mean like the current arc? This shit show should have ended at ch20 at the latest.
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>>2658056
I mean the whole manga. But this arc is clearly the last so it means basically the same thing.
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>>2658022
Instead of having an arc about them going out together, coming out officially and have sex like it was teased the whole damn manga, we got awkward interactions between Yuzu and Mei, pretty much no kisses even though they were supposed to be going out, a pants on head retarded plot about arranged marriage and a main character who disappear for several chapters just because. I have no doubts the ending will be contrived shit and as bad as that last arc.
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>>2658082
You don't know what will happen, maybe Saburouta will throw us a bone and do some of that stuff in the last chapter. But whole arc about that? That would be rather pointless, don't you think? You will have to make do with all that lewd fanart published by notsaburouta on twitter. And I personally don't think this arranged marriage arc is bad. At least it certainly is better than another fucking rival shoving up.
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>>2657996
>>2658017
>>2658036
>>2658037
The much-anticipated ending is almost upon us. September will hopefully be volume 10's release along with a volume bonus chapter epilogue.

One question remains though, what's next for Saburouta? Sequel series? Spinoff with Harumin and Matsuri? Something totally unrelated to Citrus?
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>>2657996
This pretty much confirms super rushed ending where things get resolved very easily.
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>>2658082

Them consumating their love was teased like it was the endgame, the climax of Mei understanding love and intimacy and Yuzu getting to express how she feels without dropping her spaghetti, there's no way Sabu is doing it now.

Can't believe she got 10 fucking volumes in and couldn't be arsed to finish
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>>2658082
>we got awkward interactions between Yuzu and Me
Well yeah, Yuzu's very inexperienced with love while Mei is Mei. They did have some sweet moments together though like the rings and their date in volume 6.

>pretty much no kisses even though they were supposed to be going out
This is just untrue. Volume 5 had Mei kiss Yuzu being trying to encourage her, then they kissed again in the chairman's office at the end of the volume. Yuzu then kissed Mei's tears away in volume 6 after giving her the ring. Volume 7 had them kiss at the festival. And volume 8 opened to the reveal that they'd given each other quite a few hickeys. Then they started their kiss a day deal, so saying they "pretty much never kissed" is very inaccurate.

>a pants on head retarded plot about arranged marriage
It's certainly cliche and plenty of other yuri series have also ended with the same plot.
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>>2658112
>there's no way Sabu is doing it now.
You can't be sure of this. It could be part of a timeskip or in an epilogue.
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Saburouta talked about wanting to explore Harumin's family more when the anime was airing just a few months ago.

Hopefully this means a spin-off.
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>>2658126
So long she draws more yuri I will buy that.
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>>2657996
Good riddance. I hope we will at least get a confirmation for HaruminMatsuri.
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>>2658103
>One question remains though, what's next for Saburouta? Sequel series? Spinoff with Harumin and Matsuri? Something totally unrelated to Citrus?
Imagine a Lily Love 2 kind of sequel focusong about Harumin and Matsuri. That would be great.
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More spoilers from the chapter posted as thumbnails. When Yuzu goes to see Mei, Mei's talking to Udagawa. Then it looks like some guy is trying to force Yuzu to leave and Yuzu looks like she's upset.

https://imgur.com/a/0h5Hbsc
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People called this months ago. Possibly years, iirc. Disappointed but not surprised. Hopefully Mei at least redeems herself a little in the next 2 chapters. I'm down for a HaruMatsu spinoff though.
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>>2658175
>Hopefully Mei at least redeems herself a little in the next 2 chapters.

Some people are guessing that the reason Mei was talking to Udagawa was so she could call the marriage off right before Yuzu shows up. That way it'd lead to a comedic relief moment where Mei and Yuzu choose to be together individually.
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The news that Citrus ends with chapter 41 comes from a page from Yuri Hime magazine, yet some people are in denial and are waiting for "official" confirmation that it's really ending. It doesn't get much more official than a page from the magazine the series runs in.
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>>2658178
Based on the raws, here's likely what will happen.

Mei sees Yuzu outside the window at school, regrets her decision, calls Udagawa, seems to call off the marriage, Yuzu sneaks into gramps house to see Mei, confrontation, Yuzu: "I love you, Mei", Udagawa: "well, you two are meant for each other, I step back".
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Chapter 40 might really be that after around 8 months or so Mei realizes she screwed up and calls off the marriage on her own. In a way it's a step forward for Mei's character, but on the other hand it makes the arranged marriage arc and the final 2 volumes of the series seem like wasted space.
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>>2658089
>That would be rather pointless, don't you think?

Do you never watch cute SOL shows?
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>>2658209
Citrus has been a dramedy from the start. It was always going to end with a drama, since that's how drama series go in order to end on a high point.
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>>2658213
It had more SOL parts as well. And what is the point of the drama when there is no payoff?
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>>2658213
>high point
Its ending at its lowest possible point.
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>>2658217
>>2658214
Chapter 41 isn't out yet for you to be able to say that.
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>>2658219
When this entire arc has been a complete disaster i dont have to read the last two chapters to see the train wreck coming.

Either Yuzu saves Mei once again and Mei finally proves to be one of the most useless love interests you sill see in yuri.

Or Mei ends the marriage herself, proving that all the drama leading up to it was completely pointless trash.

There is no way its going to have a satisfying ending with only two chapters left and all this shit that lead up to it.
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>>2658224
To be honest, i don't give a shit about this. I just want this series to end already, since this arc is horrible. As long as Yuzu is happy, i don't care about the rest.
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>>2658227
would you haters just shut up already?
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I'll miss Yuzu.
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I want them to announce Citrus: Spring Festival starring Harumin and Matsuri. That way the story can continue, but switch focus.
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>>2658214
What SOL points? I honestly don't remember any.
>>2658227
>>2658227
You sure you are not mad just coz your waifu was bullied hard in the last 5 or so chapters? This arc is not so bad.
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>>2658266
>This arc is not so bad.

How is it not? We see Yuzu and Mei angst for chapters then it all just resolves suddenly due to Mei most likely calling the marriage off because seeing Yuzu happy without her made her change her mind. That's super anticlimactic.
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I called it, I knew Citrus was ending soon since Saburouta tweeted about the manga reaching its climax, but some anons said that the Japanese word used meant shit and so on. Saburouta always follows the same patter for each arc, some big drama that gets resolved in the last chapter of the volume. The marriage arc is a damn, silly cliche, and it feels like 2 volumes have been wasted on it since everything will be resolved in 2 chapters. I'm almost sure chapter 41 will be like this
>make up
>sex
>graduation
>marriage
>timeskip where we see their life as a young adult couple
>long bonus chapters showing resolution for the side characters
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>>2658289
Make it.

>make up
>graduation
>marriage
>sex
>timeskip where we see their life as a young adult couple
>long bonus chapters showing resolution for the side characters
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>>2658274
I don't know why. I just know that I never felt particularly disappointed with it, unlike most people here, so it couldn't be that bad. It seems to me like you guys just want hardcore handholding and cuddling, which was never there in the first place, and are sour because you are not getting it. The rest of your post are just baseless assumptions right now. I'm not denying the possibility that the ending will be shit. That's very much possible. But just like rushing the ending it's possible that Saburouta will pull two 50+ pages chapters out of fucking nowhere and then add that cuddly bonus chapter you all want. We shall see, I guess.
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>>2658301
The pacing is bad. Angst for chapters, then sudden resolution. Also, expecting Saburouta to do massive chapters is very unrealistic when chapter 33 was very unfinished by just having short volume 8 bonus chapter to do.
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>>2658304
Chapter 33 was half a year ago, which is a long time, and you don't even know why that particular chapter was left unfinished. You can't really base your predictions on this.
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>>2658310
Saburouta's art due to her level of detail takes time. The most she's ever managed is about 40 pages a chapter. She hasn't had any recent breaks, so to expect big chapters doesn't seem likely unless chapter 41 gets delayed or the chapters will need fixed up for the volume release.
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The way this is going makes it feel like Saburouta thinks the series ran its course and wants to move on to something new, or at least switch focus with a spin-off.
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>next month will be the last chapter
Man, what a trainwrek
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>>2658557
Spin-off about Matsuri eating harumin's virgin pussy.
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>>2658567
Implying Harumin who put Yuzu into scissoring position shortly after meeting her is a virgin.
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>>2658563
Some people think the series got cancelled, but I really doubt that.
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>>2658571
It's funny how literally everyone for a long time now predicted that volume 10 will be the last and when the actual end of volume 10 comes, somehow people are not satisfied.
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>>2658563
They could've just not done the arranged marriage arc. Had Yuzu and Mei go back to school, have sex, and come out to their family and friends together, then have final volume of them as a happy couple with them graduating and getting married. But no, drama came before anything else.And Mei was absent for most of the final volume.
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>>2658579
Not everyone thought it was. Some thought story would continue past fiance arc or at least have volume 11-12.
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>>2658584
That was just because people didn't see this arc ending in volume 10 and the stupid dual cover shit dictated that this just has to end in the 12th volume. But there literally is nothing left except a) the marriage needs to be canceled (next chapter) and they need to get together (the one after that). Then a bonus chapter, whatever that will be.
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>>2658579
Many Japanese and western fans didn't like the engagement arc from the start and now they find out the series is ending with it.
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>>2658589
Guess Gramps will just roll over then.
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>Yuzu spends chapters building up the courage to get Mei to come back.
>Yuzu finally confronts Mei.
>Mei: lol, Yuzu what are you doing? I called off the marriage myself 5 seconds ago.
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>>2658590
I'm pretty sure it's because people can't take the fact that the main couple was broken in the last arc. People just wanted to see their 2 waifus together and some lewd handholding. I think this last arc is not that bad.
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>>2658596
Not only were they broken up, we haven't seen Mei for basically 6 months. The love interest being MIA for so long was a questionable idea.
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>>2658595
>fans have spent months writing the most complex possible scenarios for how the series could resolve
>the actual ending is just Yuzu walking up to Mei and yelling I love you after crying herself to sleep every night for the past 8 months
Bravo Saburouta, bravo!
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>>2658599
The make up will be all the better though.
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>>2658634
More like rushed as fuck.
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>>2658631
Yuzu didn't have much choice, security was getting ready to throw her out so she had very little time to get her feelings across to Mei.
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Just wondering but do you think readers will be satisfied if Citrus is really ending in two chapters without any major drama or additional plot twists? 10 volumes is what everyone has been saying for at least a year now, but has the mood shifted as the story has inched towards the climax?
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>>2658726
>do you think readers will be satisfied if Citrus is really ending in two chapters without any major drama or additional plot twists?
No, because many people are in denial that the series is ending at all. They think it still has lots of potential plots it could do.

>has the mood shifted as the story has inched towards the climax?
I think the arranged marriage arc showed up abruptly and based on previews it seems it will conclude just as abruptly. I personally see it as a weak final arc so far. Since the chapter is mostly Yuzu planning to go see Mei it seems we won't really such much of them reunited until chapter 41 which is the ending.
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The fact that it is ending was clearly hinted. Let's just hope we'll have at least some intimacy about their interactions, I don't talk about a sex scene but at least something other than a kiss, a morning after scene, Mei's "I love you" and some insight into their future.

Or the author could be malicious enough to keep that for the bonus and maybe the collector booklet to sell her last volume better.
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from the time i started getting interested in the series i've felt brokenhearted, now that i've caught up with all of these posts, i feel depressed, this series made me fall in love with romance / yuri novels, i dont have many high hopes for the series to end in a spectacular way but i hope the author hasnt been pressured into finishing the series simply because it wasnt popular.

saddly i dont think we will get the ending this work really deserves, it'll be bitter sweet and last 2 pages. this is depressing.
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>>2658872
It is the most popular series of the magazine. I don't know the reason of seemingly rushed ending though.
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>>2658907
>It is the most popular series of the magazine.
It's not.
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>>2658924
I forgot Yuruyuri then. One of the most popular.
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After all this suffering we won't have 5 chapters of dates? Of lovey dovey moments? Fuck...
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Ok lads, are you ready for the grand finale ?
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>>2659061
The other two gave Yuzu info and emotional support, but based on leaks in seems that Yuzu crashes where Mei is alone, including getting attacked by their security personnel.
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>>2659065
I'm feeling nostalgic about this. I missed the badass Yuzu.
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Also, some biker chick drives Yuzu to where Mei is. Most people guess it's Mitsuko, since she gives Harumin a thumbs up.
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>>2659101
Really? I couldn't recognize it. Damn, this chapter looks good.
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>>2659105
It's not confirmed, but most people think Mei called Udagawa to call the marriage off before Yuzu even gets to her. But even if that's not the case, it's obvious that Yuzu and Mei will get back together by the end of the chapter with the way it was going.
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>>2659101
Wow. You could see that by that bad quality?
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If Citrus ends in August, when will Saburouta's next project be announced?
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>>2659179
Probably until 2019. I don't see her being eager to jump into another on going series so fast.
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>>2659184
Well, volume 10 plus bonuses would come out in September, so they could just have her start fresh with the New Year in January. But she might start Oct.-Dec. if she doesn't take too long of a break and if she already has the new series planned.
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>>2659179
Late 2019 or 2020 at best. She must be tired, plus mangaka don't jump from one series to another so fast. She would also need time to plan her next story, and we don't even know if it will be yuri. Maybe some one-shots in the middle.
I can see a short yuri series, like 3 volumes long, I don't see her doing 10 volumes again. Or she'll retire, who knows.
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>>2659188
>Late 2019 or 2020 at best.
Lol, no. She can't take an entire year off. More like maybe a few months like Kodama did.
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>>2659199
Why not? So if she does the same as Kodama, her next work will be 1 volume long right?
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>>2659202
Manga authors don't actually make all that much money from their work in most cases, so Saburouta needs to keep writing for money.
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>最終回ついに恋姉妹の, finally, the last (chapter) of the Sisters' love

Citrus ending is confirmed for next month for sure due to high quality scan.
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>>2659212
最終回 is used for the last episode of a tv program or a series

100% ending next month.
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>>2659212
Some people are still in denial until Saburouta confirms it. Others believe it will have 50+ chapters due to a misunderstanding.
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>>2659218
Are people really trying to delude themselves into thinking this is a misprint?

Manga sites suck at numbering series chapters. Most sites label the volume 3 bonus chapter as 13.5 instead of 12.5. ffs.
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>>2659061
I miss that show.
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>>2659221
Yes, I even read some comments who took it as a joke due to Friday the 13th.
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>>2659212
How high is the chance that we get a spin-off?
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>>2659273
Harumin and Matsuri are decently popular. Saburouta herself tweeted about wanting to do a story about Harumin's family when the Citrus anime was airing. So I think chances are decent.

But Saburouta could just start something new. Only time will tell. Just watch Yuri Hime and Saburouta's twitter.
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>>2659278
Would she do another yuri manga?
I mean she also did a het manga as well, didn't she?!
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>>2659293
If Yuri Hime decides to keep her on then she could continue with yuri.
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>>2659294
Hopefully her next yuri series won't be badly written like Citrus. I think dragging out was an important factor on that, so maybe she'll have more freedom with her next work.
Her one-shot Partners was decent.
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>>2659294
Hopefully
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>>2659295
>>2659297
I mean she wrote one of their flagship series, unless she gets a better offer elsewhere YH would be dumb not to start her on a new project.
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>>2659294
I don’t know where this idea come from. After Yuru Yuri, Citrus is the manga that sells the best in volume format among the series published in Yuri Hime. She’s one of the few to be able to reach top 100 or at least to be near it among Yuri Hime works. The other volume are at the bottom.

So, unless she wants to stop the collaboration, i don’t see them not wanting to have her for another project.
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>>2659172
CSI, zoom, enhance
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Spent some time tonight rereading early volumes of Citrus, and at this point in time, the silly twins arc and Matsuri drama felt nostalgic more than anything. Yes, Sara and Nina were contrived but the conflict wasn't nearly as obnoxious going back years later. It felt silly and sweet.
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>>2659339
Actually, I should've said Himeko instead of Matsuri. Matsuri had more impact and Himeko's feeling up Mei felt weak in comparison. Regardless, my twins point stands.
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>>2659334
Is it Mitsuko or is Harumin friends with random bikers?
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>>2659342
>friends with random bikers?
I wouldn't put it past mama Harumin
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>>2659344
No girl that tries to scissor you after you just became friends is as innocent as she seems.
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>>2659334
I can't wait to see the whole thing.
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>>2657900
Nope, she deleted it after the Christmas date.
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>>2658631
This actual state of Citrus. I'm glad it's gonna be over.
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CT, I made you a gift. Post this to show people talking about "mistranslations" that Citrus is really ending next month.
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https://imgur.com/a/DIDnZLl

Chapter 40 ends right when Yuzu gets to Mei. They don't talk yet.
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>>2659458
Seems like a small chapter...
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>>2659471
Fairly certain there's several pages missing, as indicated by the thumbnail selection at the bottom.
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>>2659471
Not really. It's just the entire chapter is Yuzu meeting up with her friends, Mei angsting, and then Yuzu struggling to get to Mei since a female servant noticed her and tried to restrain her.
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Knowing how chapter 40 ends, are you worried about how chapter 41 will wrap everything up?
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>>2659458
I wonder why they brought Shirapon back.
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>>2659497
It's almost the finale. They'll probably show just about everyone.
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>>2659458
It's funny how Yuzu doesn't give a fuck about Udagawa. Well, chapter 41 will be intense as fuck.
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It was clear Citrus was ending, but to end it in two chapters, when Yuzu just got her determination back and we've hardly seen anything on Mei's side of things is rather disappointing.
Though, I suppose I should be blaming myself here, for expecting Saburouta to ever show us Mei's PoV, when Saburouta clearly never planned on doing that.
It's a shame really, the manga would be so much better if we could have seen Mei's perspective too.

Anyway, it would be nice to get a spin-off for Matsuri and Harumi, though I'm not counting on it.
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>>2659559
I basically agree, but we might find out more in a month or 2 when volume 10 gets released.
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Damn it! Fuck, Citrus is really close to the end, my God, it can't be.... I've spent years thinking about these girls and waiting for them to do "it" lol.
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>>2659567
I really do hope they at least have sex. That has been an issue in their relationship since early volumes.
Seriously, I'm not even asking for a wedding (which has also been teased). As long as they have sex I can move on from Citrus without many regrets.

That being said, I cannot think of many yuri manga that will be able to fill the void. For one, I dropped YagaKimi the moment it started using Sayaka as some dumb third wheel (especially after showing how she had endured some stuff in the past, but moved on). There are other yuri manga that are great for fluff, but Citrus had a special place for me.

I can't express how happy I'll become if during the final chapter Saburouta announces a spin-off for Matsuri and Harumi, but I'm expecting nothing.
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>>2659433
>>2659458
Not doubting the preview page.

But, I wonder if there isn't another interpretation of the sentence, 最終回ついに恋姉妹の, especially the 最終回.
Talked with another friend who is talking Japanese, not native though.

The word can mean the "last part", "the last inning", "the last arc".

I say that cause the "to be continued" page lets two many things to resolve in one 40 pages chapters. The teaser can perfectly refer to the last part meaning the resolution is coming but not necessarily in only one chapter. Especially if 40 is short like it seems (20 pages is a guess). And so 2 chapters could also be the final part.
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>>2659588
>最終回
I may add, the way the chapter 40 is closing let think that Mei will have the choice to say no or yes, the teaser can perfectly just point to the last time the sister see each other, like they usually do with the teaser, letting some suspense to trigger the reader's wait.
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>>2659588
Guy's head is cut off. It's likely Shou there to magically fix things for rushed ending.
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>>2659588
最終回 is only ever used to indicate the final chapter/episode of a story. So, this is it.
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>>2659588
>>2659589
In Japan it's used for the finale of a series. Very unlikely it's anything other than final chapter.
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>>2659592
>最終回ついに恋姉妹の
I would have thought it was Udagawa since he was called. Same shirt.
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>>2659593
Final episode of a TV program more precisely.
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>>2659597
Shou was dressed the same was as Udagawa in chapter 39. Plus Udagawa's sleeves are down, while Shou's were rolled up like the guy standing next to Mei.
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>>2659599
Hum, so Udagawa could have been called by Shou since he mentioned, in chapter 39, that he was doing something thanks to his acquaintances. Udagawa out of the picture ... and Shou talking to Mei to make her realize how wrong was her choice. So Yuzu just barges in when it is resolved.

.... OK. But Mei's character is definitely wasted here, other people helped her to realize. So good for Yuzu to end with someone who didn't once make her choice to love her freely and by herself.
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>>2659598
Any serialised story, to be more accurate, not just TV.
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>>2659600
Or Shou shows up to give Mei an ultimatum and she decides after seeing Yuzu in front of her.
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>>2659600
I saw some leaks today, and it seems that Mei called Udagawa. Also, they're probably talking about something related to Yuzu, i don't know yet. So yeah, i'm starting to think that Mei will try to do something about it, since her " determination" started to waver after seeing Yuzu in the school.
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Well, shitty ending. Rushed and readers deprived to see their OTP couple sharing real affectionate moments.
The author failed.
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>>2659599
It is not Shou. His shirt doesn't have any pocket. It is Udagawa, definitely.
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I'm honestly pretty glad this is ending. It started off great - emotionally sharp and intense, and had the taboo edge to it which made for an illicit and hot attraction. But pretty soon it bumblefucked itself through the volumes and never really recovered. The energy fizzled out, character development didn't capitalise on the stresses and strains of this kind of relationship, and Mei remained an emotionally stunted wet fish all too reminiscent of a princess in her tower. And we didn't get much in the way of Mei's POV, so that didn't help to clarify things or heighten tension where it could have mattered. More characters were introduced which not only didn't solve any problems but brought more confusion and bloat. Foreshadowing was badly handled, the ambiguity of the writing left the dramatic beats much to be desired, and instead of potentially having a 20+ volume bestselling series, which can chronicle a yuri coming-of-age story with two intense diametric characters that end up complementing each other perhaps all the way through college and adulthood, we get a 10 volume wasted, rushed work whose only saving grace was its artwork.
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>>2659820
Amen. Yes, it could have been Yuri's journey of a great character through every stage of her love until her adulthood, and the prospect to see this couple dealing with society, Japanese familial conventions ...

But, it will have a bad ending (on the writing level), rushed, unsatisfying and forgetting a huge amount of material ...

Teasing about them being affectionate beyond kissing but nothing of that, Mei opening herself, nope, graduation, understanding, sharing a real successful date ... nothing of that.

What a big fail. At least, no angst after August. The author fucked up royally her last arc.
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>>2659820
Agreed
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>>2659820
On point. The last half of the series felt like a ton of filler to me.
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>>2659892
I don't think it was meant to go on for as long as it did, so Sabourouta just filled later volumes with whatever until thinking breaking off the arranged marriage was a good place to end it.
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>>2659627
You don't see Udagawa's shirt this chapter besides his sleeve. The characters have different outfits, which is true for Shou as well. They both wear outfits that are close to what we see in chapter 40. Wait until chapter 41, since the guys' head being cut off is meant to mean who he is is meant as a surprise.
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>>2659820
This
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>>2660021
Some things might be saved for volume 10 bonus material. And if Saburouta goes spinoff route, then she might not have them get married or even graduate high school yet.
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>>2660035
Why would Saburouta end Yuzu and Mei's story just to make a spin-off about Yuzu and Mei again? The resolution of their romance must happen in Citrus. The point of a spin-off is to focus on other characters.
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>>2660041
If Yuzu and Mei are in the spinoff, then they'd be supporting cast, so they'd probably have to still be in high school.
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>>2660021
I think this list is way too much. It would require chapter 41 to be a bunch of time skips that would barely have time to focus on any of it.
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>>2660043
That's why it will be a rushed end.
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>>2660043

A flash forward is the only way to make the ending not feel completely empty, not ideal but it'd get us to a married Yuzu and Mei with maybe an adopted daughter, their own place, successful lives...etc
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>>2660057
Or it will end similar to the anime with them back together returning to school. Volume 10 bonus chapter could be them finally having sex and them at the altar.
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>>2660070
Sex and marrying are important stuff, I doubt they will be shown in bonus chapters. Bonus chapters will likely be about the side characters.
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>>2660076
Hopefully Saburouta actually sees sex and marriage as how Yuzu and Mei's story should end, otherwise we might just get Mei telling Yuzu she loves her and for it to end with only a kiss. They'll just be getting back together, so anything else might be too soon.
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>>2660041
I think you just answered your own question here anon.
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I’m wondering what Mei and Udagawa are talking about. I won’t be surprised if she’s talking about Yuzu.
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>>2660139
It might be Shou. Udagawa's sleeves were down this chapter and whoever is with Mei at the end has rolled up sleeves. Shou was in a near identical outfit in chapter 39.
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>>2660242

So in other words he saves her the way he should have in the first place? He's is undoubtedly the biggest scumbag in this series who passed much of Mei's current burden of responsibility on her then refused to take it back, arguably a lot of her broken self is his fault.
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>>2659820
>potentially having a 20+ volume bestselling series
I agree with all you said, but this. Considering how things worked in this series, this was never going to last beyond 12-13 volumes.

One thing I'll always be sad about is that we hardly get to see Japanese opinions. Sure, there's Twitter, but I get the impression Japanese people hold themselves back there as opposed as how they would act like in places like 2chan or 5ch. That being said, I think the whole thing with Mei hardly changing is just a big aspect of Japanese culture, in which the idea is that people never really change. There's also the suffocating aspect of your social responsibilities and obligations, and how you're hopelessly chained to all that, unless someone saves you from it.
I think that, that as much as we love the idea of taking charge of your own life and fate, and giving the world the middle finger if necessary, that's probably not an idea the average Japanese person would feel comfortable with.
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Chapter 40 raws?
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>>2660317
We'll get the raws in the 17th (with good quality). But there's still a chance to get more leaks tomorrow.
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>>2660304
Sure, I can also see that. I gave the 20+ number as a ballpark if it were a well-paced series with them going from high school to college to adulthood, tempering their relationship and dealing with it as they reach each threshold. It didn't seem too high a number when I thought of those considerations.
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>>2660355

Isn't the logistics of making it 20 or whatever volumes moot anyway since Sabu is giving up becauseshe's bored after 10 anyway?
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>>2660367
Given a past interview had her say she had the ending in mind but didn't know how many volumes the series would be, makes me think she was using random ideas as filler without a clear idea of where she wanted to take the plot.
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>>2660355
>with them going from high school to college to adulthood, tempering their relationship and dealing with it as they reach each threshold
To be fair, hardly any story in anime, manga, etc... go past HS. I get the impression that for them, school is some magical place and that after that there's little to no life (understandable considering how working life in Japan is).

The only yuri manga I recall in which the characters graduated and the series continued with them in university is Futaribeya and that one has 0 drama.
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>>2660375

There's no way this abrupt end is what she had in mind.
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>>2660377
For Citrus though Saburouta has teased them having sex and getting married eventually. If the series ends without those 2 things alot of readers will be very disappointed.
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>>2660382
I don't always agree with Saburouta's story telling, but she probably just wanted to put her own spin on the cliche arranged marriage arc that many series have done.
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>>2660383

Sex has a lot of meaningto both of them, it's kinda important, I mean, it was something Mei thought to offer as a loveless reward, it's something Yuzu couldn't bring herself to do, it's the next step for both of them...they have to do it for this to wrap up.
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>>2660383
They can have sex in the final chapter, and the thing end with a timesekip to their marriage.
It would be disappointing due to it being rushed, but this isn't a problem inherent to Saburouta but to most mangaka, since they aren't professional writers.
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>>2660382
Maybe her idea of a good ending is to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the reader in the final chapter.
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>>2660393

Assuming it's Sho in the room and not Udugawa.

>Sho "I'll leave for now, you twop robably have a lot to say"
>Mei finally tells Yuzu what her and Sho were talking about, that she called the wedding off and she loves Yuzu
>Yuzu cries and embraces Mei
>Mei reciprocates and they go to the bed in the room

simple
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>>2660393
I believe we won't see them having sex...
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>>2660495

Maybe, as long as we all recognize it's an important thing that SHOULD happen
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>>2660495
I'n sure they will, just don't expect full tribadism for 20 pages since the last chapter has to wrap up many things
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>>2660525

I just want to see them embrace each other in bed at least, and a brief 'morning after'
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It seems that Yuzu is willing to accept something about Mei's letter. I don't know yet. But some readers are starting to misunderstand it. Damn, i can't wait to get the happy ending already.
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>>2660569
I think it was the translation someone posted earlier. That Yuzu accepted Mei's wishes because she thought the letter contained Mei's true feelings at the time, but after talking to Sara and Shou Yuzu realized what was written in the letter weren't Mei's true feelings.
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>>2659212
Did anyone else notice that it says that volume 10 won't come out until October? So last chapter in August and last volume not until October, so any bonus chapters won't be out until October.

At this rate if Saburouta wants to start a new series, she'll probably take the holidays off and start fresh early to mid 2019,
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>>2660569
Sure do hope this ends with all of them going with their true feelings instead of arranged marriages decided by their families.
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>>2660641
I'm not expecting the ending to be that ambitious, considering it's all about Yuzu and Mei right now. Though, I suppose Yuzu's actions and Mei rejecting her circumstances and embracing what she truly wants may inspire the others to do the same.
That being said, instead of some timeskip showing us the other girls also got a hold of their own lives as well, I would prefer a spin-off that shows us how they did it.
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>>2660648
More like the volume bonus chapter might, since for some reason volume 10 comes out 2 months after chapter 41 is released.
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>>2660601
Yes. This chapter looks really nice, i’m really looking forward to see Yuzu’s thoughts and Mei’s conversation with Udagawa. Since the next chapter will be the last, i guess everything will probably get solved really quickly.
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>>2660623
No the date here is about Yuri Hime issue 10released in August, no mention about the volume.
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>>2660656
No the volume isn’t released in October, this is the preview page for next issue of the magazine. There is always this kind of count. August release is Yuri Hime October, July is Yury Hime September.... the promotion for volumes is on another page. People should learn to read the preview page and not expand false info.

The Yuri Hime title in Japanese just next 10 is pretty recognazible.
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>>2660676
The comic book numbering scheme always throws people off.




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