Posted by: 紺月明 | October 4, 2011

Nana and Hitomi return to Comic High!

And now for some yuri news!

*This is the cover of Comic High’s September 2011 issue, featuring Nana (left) and Hitomi (right)*

I’ve written about くちびるためいきさくらいろ (Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo), or “Lips, Sigh, Cherry Blossoms Pink” in a previous post from several years ago. It is a collection of seven one-shots by mangaka Morinaga Milk-sensei serialized in Yuri Shimai until the magazine was discontinued in early 2005. The last two chapters were seralized in Comic Yuri Hime later that year and the single, collected volume went on sale in January 2006.

While each chapter featured distinct couples, the major couple with two chapters devoted to them was Nana & Hitomi. There were two more one-shots also concerning them that were not re-printed. For a limited time, Comic High is featuring all nine chapters for free here. You need to click on the pink circle with the arrow in order to view it.

I’m really happy that Morinaga-sensei decided to re-visit this couple to bring a conclusion to their story. It might be a bit too sappy or melodramatic for some people’s tastes but I feel that is precisely what makes the emotions and feelings more tangible for me as a reader. It really is her forte and you can particularly see it within her characters’ internal monologues. The fifth installment ran in the September 2011 issue of Comic High and, boy, did it make me smile.

At the same time, it feels really strange because Nana and Hitomi are from a different time. Morinaga-sensei recently finished her five-volume run with Girl Friends from the time following Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo until just last year. In this series, Mari and Akko have been cemented more strongly in the minds of readers as the flagship couple when it comes to her works. Either way, long-time followers definitely asked for and wanted to see more based on what I’ve seen and read around the Internet. I definitely do not mind one bit that she’s shifting her focus back on them. Still, I really do miss Girl Friends although I was put off a little by how she ended it. It lacked the finesse and grace she put into the middle of the story leading to its climax. Maybe this is another chance for her to redeem herself. In my eyes, she could if she is able to end Nana & Hitomi’s story in a better way.



  1. So happy to see Nana and Hitomi again! Morinaga put them aside to write the awesome Mari and Akko series, Girlfriends. Even fans of GF missed Nana and Hitomi, though, so this is a really welcome continuation.

  2. Indeed! My first exposure to a Morinaga-sensei work was the collected volume of “Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo” where Nana and Hitomi’s story began. I’m curious to see how she will play out their story after concluding Mari and Akko’s.

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