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Jul 10, 2009

M³ - Memorable Manga Moments: Kare Kano

Kare Kano Volume 6, Act 26
This particular scene is one of the most memorable in Kare Kano because of Tsuda's use of this visual metaphor. When the two teens first decide to make love, we see them kissing and on the bed. Then, instead of an explicit sex scene between the two protagonists, we get this imagery of them as children, young and innocent. The wind blows off Yukino's hat, the symbol for her virginity or innocence, and it is Soichiro that catches it. Both of them are shown smiling in happiness. Then it cuts back to the two of them lying in bed asleep, under the covers. I think it is a sensitive way to portray the intimacy between these two young teenagers, and clever of Tsuda to keep her book tame. This same imagery was even used in the anime. It is one of the few visual metaphors that I've seen in a manga for the act of making love that actually makes sense. I'd love to know if you've seen something else even more clever. Post in the comments!


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