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A webcomic:
http://www.sakana-comic.com/comic/title-page-vol-1
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>>3614183
oh my god this is so cute I wish I were Yuudai so bad
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>>3617097
You wish you were a penniless anti-social weirdo with trust issues whose friendship with Shigeru was ruined by post-one-night stand awkwardness?
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>>3617492
I WANT TO BE THEM
I WANT TO HAVE SUCH BOUNDLESS HAPPINESS I CAN GRAB THE STARS FROM THE SKY AND MAKE THEM INTO A GIRDLE FOR MY BEADED LOVER AND WE CAN GAMBOL ACROSS THE GALAXY TOGETHER GOD PLEASE
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>>3617892
Calm the fuck down retard this shit is on hiatus.
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>>3617892
Buddy, have you read the comic? They're not an item. They won't even talk to each other.
Though I get it, they're quite the logical pairing, honestly much more so than TaiDai
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>>3618075
I know but the idea of them being an item is so cute to me and I adore Shigeru
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>>3618713
This is an opinion that I can't really share on more mainstream sites without getting a lot of flack, but Yuudai and Taisei never really attracted me as a couple, at least, not as much as they did as individuals.
I love the two of them individually, and their courtship shows many instances of the 2 of them being super cute, but I'm not too into the gestalt of them.
TaiDai mostly seems to exist to fix Yuudai's self-esteem issues. Taisei is the anti-Arata. Other than that, I am about as much invested in their relationship as I would be with any other possible pairing, Shigedai or Jirodai, Jirotai or Jansei. Shigedai, though, should be noted as one of the most plausible pairings in the entire comic.
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>>3618875
they are adorable but Shigeru's laid back personality fits better with Yuudai then Taisei's bubbly personality so I agree completely
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>>3619301
Taisei's got that kind of intense bubbly sweetness that seems to simultaneously soften and intensify the sharp sour of a Yuudai, while Shigeru's syrupy languid mellow mostly rounds out his jagged edges. Arata, on the other hand, is a sharp, acrid, burning chemical taste that mixed with Yuudai's tang tastes like deadly corrosive poison.
But yeah, I see the appeal of both Taidai and Shigedai, but never quite felt like shipping Taidai. Don't get me wrong, I'm not crazy about Shigedai either, but I agree with you, Shigedai makes a little more sense to me sometimes. This might just be some latent yumejoshi feeling in me towards Taisei ... or it could just be how Yuudai's appeal to Taisei always eluded me. Why Yuudai likes him, not hard to imagine, but here's the thing: Shigeru and Arata see Yuudai as twiggy and pretty and vulnerable, while Taisei sees him as cool and handsome. But even given how cool he comes off in Taisei's imagination, even Taro is cooler than Yuudai, way cooler, and yet Taisei's never crushed on him, so what's up with his thing for Yuudai?
I never got it. I know in real life these things don't necessarily make sense, but this isn't real life, so I can complain about it
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>>3616318

well shit i didn't know anyone was actually drawing taisei/taro
that's my two favorite sakana boys...
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>>3622042
Same here. Of the cast, Taisei's the cutest, and Taro's the funniest. Also the hottest.
There's this artist dt_tmn_skn who draws quite a bit of the Taro/Taisei out there. They are probably best known for their sexy fanart for Goofy. No, I did not expect that, I don't know how I could have.
Personally, though, I'm not a fan of the pairing. I just can't see them being attracted to each other. I mean, it's not impossible, Mad said Taro is a 1 on the Kinsey scale, so he's like the bare minimum bisexual, but they just don't seem to be each other's type. They're predominantly into women, so likely they're into pretty and feminine, and the only guy Taisei's confirmed to have been into is Yuudai, a borderline twink (outright twink in the fanart from Chi/Jamjyamoon) with an abnormally pale complexion and blonde hair.
Taro and Taisei on the other hand, when they're being conventionally attractive, are best described as "handsome." Taro is extremely masculine, nothing feminine about him, while Taisei is very cute and good-looking, but too gaunt and terrifying and hairy to be pretty.
If you ask me, they work best as a couple of weird friends. Them getting together could injure their already excellent comedic dynamic
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I'm not averse, however, to some fun experimentation between drunk friends that will lead to endless regret
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Weird that I thought that was Arata first time I saw it
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Also weird how this is a recurring theme in the fanart
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I think it's recurring because the first pic it's made by Mad
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That makes sense. She is her own comic's best fan artist.

... along with gimogoblin. And gorillaprutt. And act1555. And pipefield. And if I'm feeling generous, zaka_1588.
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>>3614180
Shame that the author abandoned it to go do a porn comic
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I feel like the hiatus would still be here whether or not she made the porn comic, it was a generally slow comic
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>>3614180
not trying to shit on this or anything, i haven’t read it yet but it looks interesting and the amount of fanart is cool, but i’m curious to hear why people like it so much exactly
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>>3732479
Most new readers, I suspect, were drawn in by the gravity of this one ship which has that classic grouch-cat/cinnamon-roll dynamic the teens like, you know, Spongebob/Squidward. It's a relatively minor attraction for me, personally, I was drawn in by the tall one
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>>3732825
>>3732479
The main thing that makes Sakana worth reading is the cast -- whole thing, no exceptions

The romance is cute and sweet (and I'm not a fan of the genre), the story is well done and engaging, but the characters could be doing whatever and I'd still be reading, it's the likability of the entire bunch that anchors the whole thing, and half of that likability is from their being very funny, did I mention that they're funny?

Sakana is very different from the traditional romantic comedy in that it's very squarely a comedy first and a romance second. I cannot undersell how central the humor is to the appeal
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>>3732826
>>3732479
And if we're talking /cm/ appeal, the dudes in the comic are pretty distinctive compared to your usual /cm/bait, in that compared to 99% of fujobait boys, they're ... kinda ugly. Which isn't to say that they're, you know, ugly, no, not at all

It's just that everyone's so ordinary, so homely, entirely different from the usual cast of anime pretty boys, and yet, everyone's still so weirdly attractive, and in so many different ways, there's a lot of diversity to the character designs, with the one character design archetype missing being "male model"
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>>3732825
I did take a peek at it in the like, 2 months since i initially asked. I totally see the relationship dynamics you’re talking about.
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>>3732827
This too though! It is pretty different being more about comedy rather than romance like usual. The character design thing too, they aren’t the usual anime looking boys but they are strangely attractive.. I guess that’s the power of good character and personality design.
I do have one question though. Does the Hivemill version have anything special in it? I wanna read the whole thing but I don’t know how to go about it yet
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>they aren’t the usual anime looking boys but they are strangely attractive
Hell, yeah, anon.

For instance, I have no idea how Mad turned Killer Croc over here into a respectably attractive figure without overaestheticizing or sacrificing the sharpness of his original design, but she did

And iirc, the printed versions did once have some prequel comics as exclusive bonus content, but Mad posted them on the online comic eventually, so not sure if there's anything else besides way higher image quality

Those comics were very much worth it, btw, really helped flesh out some important character relations. But now, they're online, so, uh, yeah.
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>>3749309
>but she did
Well, her and her horde of Asian fan artists. I say Asian because the Western fan art dried up, which is no tragedy anyway as, with some notable exceptions especially way back in the early 2010s, like Mad's mutual gorillaprutt, it was pretty subpar comparatively
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>>3749309
I like them all but Yuudai stands out to me, I like how he’s rough around the edges, makes him feel genuine. I don’t know how she made him easier on the eyes either but she did and I thank her for it.
The idea of having the books interested me but I guess there’s no real point if the special stuff is online already. Thanks for letting me know.
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>don’t know how she made him easier on the eyes either but she did
And without sacrificing the vibe of his original design, or infringing on his personality. It's easy to take a character and make them attractive, Japanese fan art does it all the time, but it's a lot harder and a lot more uncommon to do that while retaining the spirit of the original, and Mad did it with Yuudai.
Arguably, she also did it with Jiro and Taro, and the rest of the cast, but it's most noticeable with Yuudai because he started out looking and acting like a monster, and even now, there's something to love, but he's still ... such a bitch.
>no real point
I wouldn't necessarily say that, reading the thing in your hands is a very different experience from just having it on a screen. Plus, I'm not entirely sure if she's posted quite everything online



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