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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1

(しまなみ誰そ彼 Shimanami Tasogare #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,120 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he is also terrified that he has been outed as gay. Just as he's contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a group of people dealing with problems not so different from his own. In this realistic, heartfelt depiction of LGBT+ characters from different backgrounds ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Seven Seas (first published December 11th 2015)
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David Schaafsma
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, gn-glbt
“You can tell me anything, I won't listen, though"—Someone San

A teen manga about growing up and coming out. Tasuku Kaname is the new kid in town, and some people think he is gay. He’s distraught that his secret is public. In his despair, he sees someone, known only as Someone-san, who seems to have jumped out of a building over a cliff; or has she? He tries to find her and does, in a near-by drop-in center where kids meet and can talk about anything they like. Many of these kids are gay. When
Whitney Atkinson
This book was just so rushed. I feel like I didn't get to know any of the characters, especially the main character. The magical element was also underexplained, and overall this manga wasn't entire comprehensible to me. The synopsis says that this book is "realistic," but I don't think I agree with that. I only grasped what it was trying to do through the synopsis, and maybe you have to read on to find out the grand scheme of things, but my library didn't order the rest of the series so I don't ...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Manga cherry popped! Yay me!

This was a very cute YA (or whatever you call it in manga slang) about Tasuku, a guy who is afraid of accepting who he is and who's afraid of telling the world what he wants. You can feel his struggle in every single page of this story.

This part of the journey was hard but beautiful at the same time and I can't wait to know what happens with Tasuku in the next instalment.

Random thoughts about reading manga:
*It's refreshing, quick and easy (once you get the hang of
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, manga
3rd reread review
Seven Seas Entertainment has blessed us with English release of my favorite manga. I’ve read it the third time and I still adore it like before and like nothing else.

Highly recommend to manga readers and non-manga readers!

2nd reread review

I wrote a lot of words in my original review and I still stand by them.
This time I just want to say that I felt seen by this manga. I wish Shimanami Tasogare was published/localised in more countries. This is story that needed to be heard and
Raeleen Lemay
This left a bit to be desired, but I love me a gay manga! Luckily my library has volume 2, so I'll be reading that one for sure.
Skye Kilaen
I'm so glad I found this graphic novel series. Centered around an informal LGBTQ+ community center in Japan, it explores the struggles and joys of several different queer people - none of whom are required to be perfect to be valid. It can be hard to figure out who you are & how you want others to treat you, how and when to enforce those boundaries, and even, sometimes, how to support others. Loved the delicacy and complexity of all that here. I just finished volume 4 last night, which was ...more
| "You can tell me anything. I won't listen, though."

Upon being outed to his classmates, Tasuku Kaname considers committing suicide. He fears that his school-life is ruined and his whole life shattered in that one moment. Then, he meets Someone-san.

Someone-san who says "You can tell me anything, I won't listen, though" and he is able to voice his biggest secret for the first time. Someone-san who is rarely available but offers a space where he can breathe and just exist. Someone-san who doesn't
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay this was really good and hella confusing as well.
I didn't quite understand the kind of magical aspect surrounding Someone-San, like who they are and all of that.
But apart from that, this was a great start to the series.
I found Tasuku's struggle with his sexuality very relatable and the way Yuhki Kamatani handled the idea and processes of coming out, was really great.
The best part thou, was the in my opinion, very well done f/f content, which we still don't see enough of in YA fiction.
I am
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a powerful opening first volume full of raw emotion. On the one hand I am FUMING and on the other I am LOVING these characters.

Can’t wait to continue the series!

(note: Kamatani Yuuki identifies as "x-gender", which, from what I can tell, is a term along the lines of nonbinary. as such, I'm using they/them pronouns)

HERE'S SOME PAGES TO LOOK AT TO ENTICE YOU. (read right to left) do you feel like your heart is being squeezed?! ME TOO.

most nuanced portrayal of queer characters and themes I've seen in manga since Wandering Son. more direct (thank god. if Wandering Son has a flaw, it's how slow it is), and honestly, more wrenching on a chapter-to-chapter
Rod Brown
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outed when a high school classmate sees gay porn in his phone's browsing history, Tasuku Kaname denies in public but despairs in private that everything is now ruined for him in this homophobic environment and contemplates ending it all when a mysterious figure leads him to a drop-in center where he finds a group of people who aren't without their own problems but can assure him, it gets better. Great characters, great message, much much emotion.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was gonna be 3 but it deserves more for the rep. ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, lgbtq

Yeah I loved this.

Beautiful Art Check
Lovable Characters Check
Beautiful Story Check

May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ ??? I'm not sure I can evaluate this properly on just one volume.

I really had no idea what I was in for picking this up. I have a vague recollection of it being fairly hyped and seeing the cover around a lot a while back, but I'd forgotten I'd ordered it much less whatever I knew about what it was about when it showed up this week. (Paper only, apparently.)

This is not BL/yaoi/whatever. It's gay coming-out, coming-of-age type stuff, at least so far. This might sound spoilery, but it's only
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad the second volume is coming out in July because if I had to wait longer I would wither away into nothing.

I love Yuhki Kamatani with my whole heart and I can't express how happy it makes me to see their art growing like this. Every single page was beautiful to look at and had so much more attention to detail than I'm used to in manga. I might read this again just to go back and look at things.

The characters we've been introduced to so far are all so realistic and their struggles are
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, read-in-2020
I wish I had liked this more but I just wasn't as connected to it as I would have hoped.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Wow, this ended up making a huge impression on me. Easily the best and most accurate LGBTQ+ representation I have seen in manga, and it might even put most western comics on the subject matter to shame. While this first volume mostly deals with homosexuality, both male and female, from what I've seen in reviews of the full series, there is also proper representation of trans, bisexual, and non-binary individuals (the mangaka themselves identifies as X-gender). It's so refreshing to see all this ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tasuku wants to end his life because he gets bullied by his classmates who suspect that he is gay. While Tasuku has already realised that he is gay he isn't ready to accept it, yet. He thinks about killing himself but sees a woman jumping out of a window and tries to help her and discovers a mysterious house, called "Lounge". The people there welcome him in and he learns that the woman he saw is unharmed and actually the landlord of the house. She doesn't asks questions just invites him to tell ...more
Sara Mul
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's so good!!! What the heck, what the heck!!!!!!! It's so hard to find legitimate LGBT+ representation in manga that is targeted towards LGBT+ individuals, and this one!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!

Gorgeous art, amazing expressions, lovely and real characters, and found family tropes abound!! "Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare" is a magical, candid, and emotionally charged manga, taking us into the perspective of a group of individuals, mainly focused on
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I count myself lucky that I bumped into this manga - completely on accident, even! The mail room staff had laid out the incoming arrivals to verify the order, and the cover of this just so happened to catch my eye as I walked past the table.

I enjoyed the first volume so much that I went ahead and read the rest online, so this is a review for the series as a whole, not this individual volume.

Our Dreams at Dusk is touching, deeply emotional, and relatable - it's a good manga, and it treats its
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, manga
**4.5 stars**

I’ve wanted to read this since it was mention at one of the Indigo Teen Previews and I’m so happy my library FINALLY bought copies. Absolutely loved this, although I’m a little confused about something-SAN and if this storyline falls under magical realism.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'm going to cry through every volume, aren't I
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga

*deep breath in, then out* Okay, here's the deal.

I can already tell this is going to be a hard hitting series. I can tell this going to be an incredibly important series featuring LGBTQ characters discussing their struggles. The
It's so simple. I want to live a happily with the one I love. That's all I want. That's all I desire. What's wrong with wanting that?

Actual Rating: 4.5

Shimanami Tasogare is a slice of life manga that realistically gives the readers a glimpse of the life of LGBTQ+ teens, and adults, in Japan and even if you don't read manga I think you should give this a chance.

The artwork is incredible: there is so much care put in making the scenery - which looks like a picture tbh - and the character
This will stand as a review for the whole 4 books of the series, since I read them all today and can't really do reviews for every book.

This is such a great LGBTQ+ series <3 It honestly has my heart from now on. It really has queer found family vibes, which I love. It's also set in Japan, and not in a big city, and as a white person I'm not going to completely get what it is to be queer and out (or not) there, and I'm not going to pretend I do.

It was a thoughtful story, and I loved the
Marty Preslar
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and intense

This is an incredibly powerful story told in an intense and dramatic fashion. The art is wonderful. The characters have depth, with Someone-san being the exception, but she seems to be intentionally mysterious. While a good deal of the angst centers around the way LGBTQ+ people are treated in Japanese culture, it isn't that far from the way insensitive individuals still behave in western nations.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good good good stuff. Tumultuous emotional journey I can't wait to read more of! Love the art style too.
It's as good as everyone says. I loved how much of myself I could see in this manga. And the main character's crush looks like Otabek Altin from Yuri!!! on Ice, so I'm all in! XD Can't wait for more.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've read it last year already but I'm really glad it was released in french .
Akata is at it again with the amazing editorial choices.
Giselle Monique
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-queer-rep, manga
I've heard a lot of good things about this and I need to get my hands on it now.
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