Guest Poster wrote:
That's probably a bit harsh. The dance and the physical contact between them at the end of the story definitely had a vaguely romantic undertone...and romance in turn by default carries a subtle sexual load...just not enough for either of them to take it any further than where they already are.
About Akira: I don't think Lilly sees Akira as merely a best friend who sometimes drops by. It's made clear in the story that Lilly and Akira are extremely close and little remains secret between them. (a big thing considering Lilly keeps most people at a polite distance and discloses very little about herself to others) Lilly and Akira have known each other all their life and Akira is probably the person who knows Lilly better than anyone else in the world. Their relationship is probably more complex than a typical sibling bond though since Akira has also been somewhat of a mother figure to Lilly for several years until they became less mother-and-child and more best friends. Interestingly, the developing bond between Lilly and Hanako is probably very much like the relationship between Lilly and Akira...just one phase behind.
I suppose you're right. Sorry. I just get frustrated with fan writers and artists who try to turn every relationship into a hentai story. I'm just a romantic I guess. I see their bond as strictly emotional. The warm feeling you get when being close to someone you care about, and knowing they love you in return. Women seem a lot better at this than guys. who usually just think that sort of thing is 'gay'.
And yeah, I guess I don't give Akira enough credit either. I guess we can sort of blame the VN for that. I don't seem to recall any scenes where they were actually displayed any enmotional closeness. Their scenes seemed pretty casual. I'd love to see a story where they actually behaved like close knit sisters.