Even Though We’re Adults is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Takako Shimura. It is about two adult women who fall in love, only for one to discover that the other has a husband.
The manga is licensed for English release by Seven Seas Entertainment.
This first volume contains chapters one through to five.
Ayano, an elementary school teacher in her thirties, stops by a bar one day and meets another woman named Akari. Sparks fly as the two chat, and before the night is over, Ayano even goes in for a kiss. Akari is intrigued but confused… especially hen she discovers that Ayano has a husband! Both Ayano and Akari are about to find out that love doesn’t get any easier, even as you grow older.
Hmm… where to start with this one. I guess I’ll start by talking about Akari, who just so happened to fall in love with a married woman. She was not aware of it at first, and apparently she has had several similar situations in her past. I’d argue that makes her the most sympathetic character.
Ayano, on the other hand, is married, and does nothing to stop Akari’s advances. Kind of hard to get behind a character who does that, even if it is a yuri relationship. From what see in this first volume, Ayano has a solid relationship with her husband, and yet there’s something there making her pursue another woman.
It’s not just a one-off, thing, either. Not that it would make it any better. Regardless, Ayano is into Akari. Apparently Ayano decides the best thing for that whole situation is to be honest about it to her husband, which only serves to make things extremely awkward.
Akari has her fair share of things going on, as well. One of her ex-girlfriends shows up unexpectedly, and has started a family of her own. There’s absolutely not talk of their shared past, though, and that is actively prevented when the ex-girlfriend’s daughter gets curious about how her mother and Akari first met. I imagine having an important part of her past swept under the rug probably hurt Akari.
They do say love is complicated, but I do feel like perhaps Ayano needs to take a step back and really consider where it is her heart lies. I can’t exactly get behind her for the actions we see her take in this first volume, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued to see where this will end up.
As long as things end up getting better for Akari, I think I’ll probably be satisfied. There’s no way that’s going to happen so easily, though…
As far as yuri stories go, this one sits alongside the likes of If I Could Reach You in being the kind of thing I don’t usually go for. However, just like that manga, it has drawn me in and my curiosity needs to be sated. I’ve started this story, might as well stick it out until the end.