Thoughts on Still Sick Volume 1

Still Sick is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Akashi, which focuses on two office ladies – Makoto Shimizu and Akane Maekawa. Makoto has a secret hobby that Akane happens to discover, but turns out that perhaps Makoto and Akane have more in common than they first thought.
Tokyopop licensed the Still Sick manga for an English release, and the first volume contains chapters one through seven.

Still Sick Volume 1

Front cover of the first volume of Still Sick, featuring Akane Maekawa & Makoto Shimizu

Makoto Shimizu is just an ordinary office worker, blending in seamlessly with her colleagues on the job – that is, until her coworker Akane Maekawa discovers her well-hidden secret: in her spare time, she draws and sells girls’ love comics!
Akane is the last person Makoto would think of as a nerd, but as the two grow closer, it starts to seem like Akane may have a secret of her own…

Still Sick doesn’t waste any time, starting immediately with Akane discovering that Makoto sells girls’ love comics. I can appreciate that, as that allows the story to quickly dive into exploring both characters.
First up, Makoto is a character I found to be really fun. Her passion for yuri is second-to-none, and she even admits that her imagination goes wild when an anime presents subtext between two female characters. Of course, she is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to yuri, as well.

As for Akane, she definitely has a fun introduction. However, when her past comes to light, her true self comes to the forefront. Might be something that she only really shows to Makoto, though.
Akane’s past was not exactly a happy one, though perhaps it was due to a lot of bad things happening in quick succession that she ended up the person she is in the present. It pretty quickly becomes evident that Akane meeting Makoto is a positive thing, though.

Both Makoto and Akane’s pasts are explored in this first volume, though more time is spent with Akane. That would be because Akane’s past has a bit more to it, whereas Makoto’s past just involves some typical classroom teasing.

I had fun reading the first volume of Still Sick. Makoto being a yuri otaku entertained me a great deal, and Akane’s past was certainly interesting. It is something that she has to face, though perhaps having a certain someone at her side will make it easier.
Being a yuri manga, you’d want to see at least some chemistry between the two lead characters. It is definitely there; Makoto and Akane have a few instances where they get a little closer than your average office colleagues.

The amount of yuri manga being made available in English has been ever expanding, and Still Sick is a manga that I would not hesitate to recommend. It is off to a decent start, and making me want to know what happens next is definitely a good sign.

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