That Blue Sky Feeling

That Blue Sky Feeling

Vol. 1

Paperback - 2018
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"When Noshiro transfers to a new school, he meets Sanada, a loner who doesn't seem to have friends-or want any. The other kids whisper that Sanada keeps to himself because he's secretly gay. But rather than scare Noshiro away, the rumor only makes him more interested. He sets out on a campaign to win over the surly Sanada, embarking on a surprising friendship."-- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2018]
Edition: VIZ Media edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781974701605
1974701603
Characteristics: 249 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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New kid at school Noshiro befriends loner Sanada, even though other students keep their distance because they think Sanada is gay. As they start to open up to one another, their relationship turns into a sweet romance.


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IndyPL_JosephL Feb 05, 2020

For a genre that typically treats homosexuality more like a fetish than a legitimate sexual orientation, "That Sky Blue Feeling" is a welcome change to the formula. While still not perfect in its representation it is a solid step forward, giving real thought, feeling, and attention to the homosexual culture in Japan. Thanks to his moving around a lot, Noshiro hasn't given much thought to love, let alone the possibility that his new friend Sanada might be gay. Unsure of how to deal with this information, Noshiro just does what he does best and tackles the problem head-on, making sure to ask any and every question he can and clear up any awkward misconceptions. This tactic, of course, might not be the best for the typically quiet and reserved Sanada.

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crayolabee
Jan 25, 2019

A fairly sweet friendship story that hints at a possible romance by the end of the volume. The treatment of the gay character is a little harsh, with some bullying, but it's overall positive representation. I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops in volume 2.

One note is that I don't like the term "homo", used extensively at the start of the story, but by the end of this volume, it's clear that the translator chose to use that term deliberately to illustrate the shift to a simple, neutral "gay" by the end of the book. Translating LGBTQ content from different languages and cultures is extremely difficult, because almost every term is extremely loaded with nuance. So, I can live with it in context.

Pairs well with Go For It, Nakamura! and My Brother's Husband for other realistic (if idealized) stories of life as a gay male in Japan. Hand to manga readers looking for something less sensationalized than typical yaoi fare.

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crimson613
Sep 07, 2018

For anyone who has read yaoi for a while, this book is like a breath of fresh air. It's very contemporary in that it doesn't follow the tropes that you see in older BL manga. Instead, it tries to clear up those misunderstandings and the development feels very natural. I had a lot of FEELS while reading this and I can't wait for the next volume!

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crimson613
Sep 07, 2018

crimson613 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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