Pure Water Adolescence – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Junsui Adolescence

 

Genre: Yuri Romance

Length: 1 volume

 

Positives:

  • Surprisingly mature.
  • Acknowledges the naiveté of a student-adult relationship.

Negatives:

  • Lacks drama, in particular towards the ending.

When I saw the premise of Pure Water Adolescence, I expected a vanilla yuri romance, though was pleasantly surprised to find a relationship that understands what it is and acknowledges the conflict it would face. A high school senior girl is in love with the school doctor, but due to the age gap between these two women, their love is tenuous. The girl gets desperate to stay with the doctor, even saying she will get a job to live with her instead of attending university next year. Her naïve understanding of relationships and ignorance towards adulthood creates conflict.

Pure Water Adolescence is a pleasant story with enough depth to make it interesting. It’s a shame that despite knowing the relationship isn’t ordinary, the story doesn’t push the drama as far as it could have and should have.

Art – Medium

Elegant character designs, but the environments are sparse.

Story – Medium

A good take on the student-teacher relationship type, even if the drama is minimal.

Recommendation: Try it. I enjoyed it, but I know that the drama may not be enough for many.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

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