Thoughts on I Love You So Much, I Hate You

I Love You So Much, I Hate You is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Yuni. The story focuses on office lady Saori Fujimura and her boss Ayako Asano. Ayako is married, but that doesn’t stop her from engaging in passionate nights with Saori.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press.

I Love You So Much, I Hate You

Front cover of I Love You So Much, I Hate You, featuring Ayako Asano and Saori Fujimura

What do work and love have in common? They can both take over your life…
Saori Fujimura and her boss, Ayako Asano, are an unbeatable duo at work, but after hours their relationship is more than just professional. As tensions mount between Ayako and her husband and Saori’s feelings grow stronger, they’ll have to decide – is it love they seek, or merely pleasure?

I Love You So Much, I Hate You is one of the more uncommon forms of yuri manga: one that focuses on the relationships between office ladies, as opposed to the ubiquitous schoolgirl romances. Schoolgirl yuri certainly has its place, but sometimes you might fancy something a little more… adult.
Although in this case, there is a small factor involved that may or may not affect a reader’s enjoyment of this manga: Saori is having an affair with Ayako.
There are other office lady yuri stories out there that don’t get into such topics, but I Love You So Much, I Hate You is not one of them. As the story progresses, it turns out Ayako’s husband isn’t exactly the most sympathetic character, anyways.

To begin with, it seems that Saori and Ayako are expecting different things from their relationship. Saori is very serious about it, whereas it seems to be kind of an escape for Ayako. Ayako in particular seems to feel pressured to fit into society’s mould.
As the story progresses, though, their feelings grow into something more. That brings its own troubles along with it, though.

That whole situation was never going to be resolved smoothly, after all, and both Saori and Ayako have to be very careful, particularly when rumours of a member of staff having an affair with a manager start doing the rounds.
Seems like those rumours actually kind of help them out in the end, though, as it gives both a good chance to think hard about what they had been doing together.

Yuni’s I Love You So Much, I Hate You is a fairly interesting read, and does make a nice departure from the schoolgirl yuri that tends to be more commonplace. The circumstances of Saori and Ayako’s relationship aren’t exactly noble, but it sure is compelling reading them come to terms with their feelings for each other. A decent enough read, I’d say.

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