Thoughts on Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon Volume 1

Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Shio Usui. It focuses on the feelings developing between two office ladies.
Seven Seas Entertainment have licensed the manga for an English release.
This first volume contains chapters one through to five.

Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon Volume 1

Front cover of the first volume of Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon, featuring Uno Hinako and Satou Asahi

Uno Hinako throws herself into makeup, fashion, and falling in love, hoping that will make her seem “normal” to the other people at her job. But no matter how hard she tries, she’s a self-doubting mess inside, and her attempts at “normal” romance with men just keep failing. When she starts to think she might be alone forever, a new normal presents itself in the form of her relationship with Satou Asahi, a levelheaded woman who works at her company. It starts as respect, and then it becomes far more intimate.

In this first volume of this yuri manga, we are naturally introduced to our two lead characters. After all, that’s the most basic step required if you want to have a romance.
The mantle of main character is given to Uno Hinako, whose name will no doubt immediately get certain people thinking about a card game.
I have to admit I wasn’t too keen on Uno for the first couple of chapters. Her desire to be perceived as “normal” was something that kind of bugged me, at least whilst no context for it was given.
Uno wants to be what other people expect of her, as opposed to just being who she is naturally.
Fortunately, as the story goes on the reason for Uno’s desires become more pronounced; it seems to stem from a lack of self confidence, which is only exacerbated by her mother.
This first volume is very much about Uno learning that she does not have to fit in with those around her.

Then we have Satou, who I do prefer out of the main duo. She’s the type who appears stoic on the surface, but is actually a lot more open with those who take the time to get to know her. She’s not trying to live up to society’s expectations of her, and is just carrying on as best she can.
Whilst she may not openly admit, or perhaps realise, it, Satou definitely develops feelings for Uno. To be fair, though, Satou might just be the best thing that could possibly happen to Uno.

Back on the subject of Uno, one huge influence on the person she is are the people around her. I really don’t think much of her friends, and her mother loses any and all sympathy with what she has said to Uno in the past. They’re all pushing her into something that she’s not particularly comfortable with, and Uno’s afraid to push back. At first, any way.

Fortunately, not all of the supporting characters are disappointing. Subaru, Satou’s younger sister, is a lot of fun. She picks up on Satou’s feelings for Uno, and seems to be pretty happy supporting them. She does a little pushing of her own, because it seems Satou does need a little nudge in the right direction.

A pretty decent first volume. It took a bit of time for Uno to escape the expectations forced upon her, but she’s definitely moving away from them by the time this volume ends. Satou’s undoubtedly going to play a major role in how Uno’s life is shaped from this point on, and I look forward to seeing how all that unfolds.

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