Top Three One-shots with Acacia Aurora!

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My collaboration with Acacia Aurora continues! This time we’re going to be talking about our favorite one-shots. To be honest, this was a little difficult for me to finish because I have a very limiting viewpoint when it comes to one-shots which excludes doujinshi (so nothing featuring characters from long-running series! Original characters only) as well as sequels (sometimes authors will serialize a second chapter as a follow-up for an one-shot in order to tie up loose ends). If I wasn’t such a stick in the mud when it comes to one-shots, #3 and #2 would have been different, probably.

See Acacia’s list of top three one-shots here.

Day 1/5 : Top Three Tomboys My list and Acacia Aurora’s list 

3. “Kisekae Sensei” by Masayu

Something that I’ve yet to really talk about in detail on this blog is the fact that I’m kind of into traps. Sure, I’ve glossed over this interest of mine from time to time, but I guess I haven’t really talked about it. Maybe some other time.

Anyways, this one-shot was published in volume 17 of the Josou Shounen Anthology Comic. An entire collection of stories about cross-dressing boys, yesssss

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In public, he’s a strict cram school teacher. In private, he’s…

In Kisekae Sensei, the titular character is a part-time teacher at a cram school who happens to like crossdressing. However, when he tries going out in public for the first time while dressed up, his student sees through his disguise immediately. But instead of ruining his reputation, she ends up helping him crossdress.

Well, the story isn’t exactly deep and the main character has some self-depreciating thoughts about his crossdressing hobby, which may paint a negative view of crossdressers in general. Then again, every crossdresser in both fiction and in real life has to do with this kind of closedmindedness to the point that this line of thought is almost a given…

It’s slightly erotic and ends on a open yet happy note. I guess the people who would enjoy this would have to like traps like yours truly.

2. “Watashi Baka” by Amagakure Gido

A bookish, quiet girl (who is now a freelancer) runs into her high school idol, the basketball “prince” (who is now a beautiful office lady).

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The office lady, Kobayashi, revealing her cute and clumsy side to the bookish freelancer, Satsuki.

I read this one-shot when I was still unemployed and searching for work. The freelancer’s sentiments reflected my own at the time: that I would be a temp for various jobs and just drift and live in the now. It’s what happens when you don’t have any dreams, any ambitions for the future, maybe? At any case, I really emphasized with Satsuki, the freelancer.

It’s a cute love story that ends on an open note (well, I mean, we’re talking about one-shots here) while trying to talk about the differences between enjoying life in the present and enjoying life in the future. Not all that much happens between the two, but that’s why we have imaginations!

I’m actually a fan of Amagakure Gido’s works, to be honest. Amagakure-sensei’s collection, Shuuden ni wa Kaeshimasu, is one I really love in particular. Maybe I should get to watching Sweetness and Lightning, another one of Amagakure-sensei’s works, one day?

1. “My Beloved Kouno-san” by Akuta Fumie

Yup, another yuri love story. I believe that this is the actual title, but it’s also known as My Beloved Kawano-san.

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Miki running her hands through Kouno’s hair.

The story is about two co-workers, Miki and Kouno. Miki has it bad for Kouno, but assumes that Kouno probably doesn’t return her feelings and would find her love to be disgusting. It doesn’t help that both girls are very comfortable touching each other’s hair and arms and hands, which has Miki feeling flustered and hopeful. Is Miki’s love unrequieted? Find out!

I just really liked this one-shot since it’s fluffy yet it sort of talks about the social stigmas in regards to yuri. Yuri in fiction is quite different “real life yuri” and I’m impressed that the author at least briefly touched upon this in My Beloved Kouno-san.

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That and I found these two panels to be painfully relatable.

Well, that’s all, folks! I’d love to hear about your favorite one-shots in the comments section. If you’re not that big a fan of manga, you could talk about your favorite characters who didn’t receive that much screen-time in anime!

Ta-ta for now (just kidding I have to write a lot of blog posts today).

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25 comments on “Top Three One-shots with Acacia Aurora!”

  1. I don’t read much manga (to be more precise, I read exactly one manga series) but I still enjoyed reading about your picks. And scoot over,dude, I’m joining you in the trap-loving club.

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      1. Fair enough~
        How do you feel about letting /him/ survive when /the other man/ died? I kind of thought /his/ sacrifice was undermined when /he/ came back to life.

        Sorry that I’m being so vague. I’m a bit worried that someone who isn’t caught up to Attack on Titan would stumble across the comment and curse my bloodline for several generations if I ruined the twist for them.

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      2. While I’m impressed by your handling of the vagueness, I don’t think I can manage the same so…RANDOM READER STROLLING PAST THIS POST DON’T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SPOILED FOR THE LATER CHAPTERS OF ATTACK ON TITAN MANGA

        Now that’s that’s over-I am conflicted. On one hand, while I like Armin and Erwin, neither of them are characters I’m particularly attached to so there’s no heartbreak either way. Buuut their sacrifices – both of theirs – were very powerful scenes. As such, I think I would have been conflicted no matter who survived. You’re right about the sacrifice being undermined. But after the big production made of the charge against the Beast, the dead character surviving would have undermined /his/ sacrifice as well…

        Am I making any sense?

        I think what I’m trying to say is that I would have preferred it if both had died because that would have suited SnK’s mood pretty well.

        But then again, as ch88 has told us, doesn’t matter which one survived. There’s a time limit now. But I think I’d have liked the dead one to have achieved the dream he was so, so close to…

        Damn, I have a lot of feelings for these people.

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      3. Haha it was a crude attempt since I’m so vague, but I’m glad you knew what I was talking about.

        SPOILERS FOR ATTACK ON TITAN MANGA DON’T HURT CURSE ME PLEASE I NEED TO STAY HEALTHY TO REVIEW ANIME AND VISUAL NOVELS

        Mmm I think it would have been better for them both to remain dead. But I guess that wasn’t meant to be. I’m a bit behind so I am a bit unaware as to what this time limit is, but one of these days I’ll catch up and chat about it more with you.
        Heeeeh they’re not your favorites but they’re still likeable, huh? Who is your favorite, anyways?

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      4. I think that part is controversial enough to be understood easily by anyone who’s read that far so I applaud the vagueness.

        Oh man, sorry! I just assumed you were caught up and mentioned something from ch88. I’m glad I didn’t go into details.

        Wellll I love most of AoT’s characters – even the minor ones like Kenny’s right-hand woman – but in terms of favorites, it goes like this in order:
        Eren, Levi, Hange, Annie, Mikasa, Armin, Erwin, Marco, Jean, Reiner.

        How ’bout you? And while we’re on it, any ships?

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      5. Haha true.
        Oh, no worries! It was my fault for bringing up the latest arc even though I’m not completely caught up.
        Sasha, Pixis, and…hm, I was going to go for my top three since I’ve been doing these lists for like four days now but I’m befuddled.

        Historia x Ymir, Sasha x Connie, Armin x Jean, Armin x Annie come to mind. What about yourself?

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      6. I’m glad you’re not upset. Whew.

        Pixis, eh? Your old man fetish is showing…again 😛 He is a damn cool guy though.

        I have a ton of ships for this show, it’s not even funny. Let’s see: I got dragged into Eren x Levi hell soon after finishing the show and I’m still happily there.

        I ship Annie with each of the main trio (just imagine Mikasa x Annie) plus Reiner/Bertolt (All hail threesomes). Then there’s Ymir x Historia and Sasha x Connie which are most likely to be canon. Yumikuri already is, I think. I also like a dose of Marco x Jean when I’m in the mood for pain.

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      7. Naaah I was asking for it!
        N-no, he’s just cool! And old…and a dude ;__;
        Yeah I’m glad you agree!
        Damn, I can support all of those ships! Marco x Jean is the most painful one by far :c

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      8. Don’t deny it, Remy. Embraaace it!

        The joys of multishipping
        And yeah. Poor Marco. He was an alright guy.
        (…I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. Puns will be the end of me.)

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  2. Watashi Baka seems like something everyone goes through in their life at least once, so it might be something I would pick up. Otherwise I’m not usually into yuri and so my choices will probably not appeal to you (they’re all shoujo, sorry!).

    I think my favorite one-shots have been by Usami Maki (Caramel Milk Tea, Orange Kiss). And then maybe Yuki-doke no Netsu by Asuka Izumi and Ookami Lover by Momoyama Anzu. If you can’t tell, I’m a sucker for adorable relationships.

    I probably have others but I don’t remember… Anyway, these Top 3 posts are really cool so I’d love to read more in the future ^^ Will be checking Acacia’s work too!

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    1. Mmm you’re probably right about the shared experience. Life is hard. And hey, different strokes and folks and all. Well, I like shoujo, too, but my one-shots library in that genre is a bit bare. Thanks for the recs! Adorable relationships are comfy~
      Mmm its hard to keep track of all the one-shots… Thanks! That’ll be awesome if you did! c: I’ll try to keep doing more collabs with anyone who wants to so maybe more top 3 posts will pop up! c:

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