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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 ·  3,923 ratings  ·  541 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 findin ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Seven Seas (first published December 11th 2015)
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Dave 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 s
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 i
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
★★★★☆ | "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 do
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 the e ...more
This was my first time really trying manga and I really liked it!

CWs: attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts, (internalized) homophobia

the cover is so fucking pretty but man it's boring. the first half is just bad and kinda all over the place. the second half is where shit starts getting into place but then the volume ends. i kinda wanna learn what the fuck is up with this weird bitch but i don't care enough to buy the rest. characters exist but we learn absolutely nothing about them.... i don't even remember their names. did they have names? yeah i don't care.
the topic is interesting but the way it's handled is kinda cringy.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My heart hurts in the best way 😭😭😭😭🥺

Off to read the second volume!!!!!

Content warning: homophobia/lesbophobia, bullying, suicidal ideation/attempt, internalized homophobia, outing of a gay character, sexual harassment, body horror (it's abstract tho)
(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 bas
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. ...more
This was gonna be 3⭐️ but it deserves more for the rep.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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!

Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, manga

Yeah I loved this.

Beautiful Art Check
Lovable Characters Check
Beautiful Story Check

beth {hiatus} F.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This was truly amazing. I love how the mystical elements and the realistic ones combat. It’s very intriguing.

I love the character and am ready for their adventures while remodeling. The story is fast paced, which should be interesting in the ending. The art is so gorgeous. It does have some disproportionate scenes, but I think it just adds to the overall atmosphere.

TW: attempted suicide, homophobia, internal homophobia
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 th
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'This is an ownvoices manga from a non-binary mangaka about a high school boy named Tasuku who is terrified of being outed as gay. Just when he is contemplating taking his own life, he meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a drop-in center. There Tasuku meets a group of people dealing with problems very similar to his.

The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful. The themes and concerns and feelings in this are very relatable to many people around the world. I'm very intrigued with all of th
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
Apollo 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
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 w
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what this was about when I started reading, I just knew it had some LGBTQ+ characters. So my reaction while reading basically was: What - this is amazing!

Kamatani just hits you with raw emotion from time to time, and the artwork is beautiful! Look at that linework, just look at that delicate linework.

Specific rep in Vol. 1: Gay and lesbian rep
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.
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. ...more
Julia Sapphire
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, 2020
3.25-3.5 stars

TW: suicide, homophobia + public outing

This manga follows Tasuku who is a new kid in high school and was just publicly outed for being gay. From there he meets a mysterious woman and a community of kind people. The story follows Tasuku struggling with his identity and also a drop-in center where he finds comfort.

I liked the art style of this manga! I am intrigued by the series so I will be continuing. As the first volume in this manga series, I wish we delved deeper into the c
Jane (whatjanereads)
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was kinda weird and confusing for me in the beginning. I still don’t know what to think about Someone-san?!

But it got really good towards the ending. It shows the struggle with living and coming out in a homophobic environment. I‘m curious what’s going to happen in the next volume.
Elizabeth A
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This YA manga is a coming out/ coming of age tale. Being the new kid in town is hard enough, but when his classmates start taunting him for being gay, young Tasuku Kaname is filled with despair. At a very low moment, he sees a strange woman, and through her he finds a safe place to sort himself out. The illustration style is nothing to write home about, but the themes, messages, and found family aspect of this tale had me reading the first three (of four) installments back to back. Love that boo ...more
**Read for #buzzwordathon. January prompt: "Dream"**

TW/CW: Mc gets outed; use of the "f" slur; grating overuse of the word "homo" like homosexual or gay are that hard

Diverse YA coming-of-age. LGBTQ+ characters of all ages

From what I've read so far, this coming-of-age manga is rich in visual metaphors and the art is plain gorgeous, exploring themes of identity, marginalisation, self-acceptance. We have a diverse LGBTQ+ cast, and I mean diverse as you'll find gay, trans, lesbian, asexual and quest
leo | 飛べ
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 de
Sherry is on hiatus for health (selfcare) reasons
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
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 c
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Yuuki Kamatani is a Japanese mangaka.
Please also see Japanese and Chinese language profile: 鎌谷悠希.

X-Gender (nonbinary)
Loves dogs.
Favorite manga: Naruto & Ninja Scroll.


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しまなみ誰そ彼 Shimanami Tasogare (4 books)
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