Before Citrus dominated the Mainstream District of the Yuri Nation with its art (not plot), there was another that had the same impact, yet wasn’t as dramatic or visually stunning. This is the manga I deem “The Unfinished Symphony of Yuridom”, Prism. This Prism manga was written by Shou Higashiyama.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Yuri.
Number of Volumes: 1. 6 chapters + some specials. The manga is currently on hiatus. Will it ever be finished? Who knows.
Plot Summary: Riding high on the memory of a boy named Hikaru with whom she spent a day during her last year of grade school, Megu went through middle school without romance. Now that she’s a high school student, she has decided she is finally completely over her first love and can look towards the future. But! Megu meets a pretty girl on her first day of high school who gives her a big hug, and her name is Hikaru?!
Prism was nothing groundbreaking when it first came out but its appeal lie not in being revolutionary. No, its appeal was in its stellar execution and topics it covered. It is a tale of two women who fall in love knowing full well what obstacles they will face but have the courage to face them head on because of their ever growing love for one another. It is a tale that covered the prejudice homosexuals face, particularly in Japan. Life is not easy for a person dating someone of the same sex. They get glares, misjudged and can be bullied.
It is not all seriousness and pouting though. It is mainly about two cute girls in a loving relationship instead of having to endure the agony of waiting for the girls to hook up. Unlike popular opinion, stories about couples who have already hooked up can be just as exciting, riveting and enjoyable as stories of two people going through many obstacles in order to hook up. Frankly, if it weren’t for my undying passion for yuri and all things lesbian romance, I would want more of the former than the latter. Combining both but focusing more on the established relationship rather than the road to becoming a couple, is what I’m saying.
Most of the time, Prism is fluffy, cute, fun and can still be taken seriously. Like I said in the intro, the art style may not be anything stellar but its execution is so good that it does not matter.
Sadly, as I mentioned in the number of volumes section, Prism is on hiatus due to copyright infringement and that is so unfair. So many questions left unanswered:
-What other challenges would Megumi and Hikaru have had to face after taking the next step?
-Whatever happened to megane girl and Megu’s best friend?
-What happened to imouto-chan. Lastly, the most important question of all…
-WHAT HAPPENED IN LONDON!?
For those who want to know more about the unfairness of Prism’s hiatus, check out one of my esteemed Yuri Council members unleash her fury against it when it happened last year.
Overall, Candy may have filled the void left by Prism’s unfortunate fate but it is clear that Prism had the potential of becoming one of the very best yuri had to offer. As it stands right now, Prism truly is an “Unfinished Symphony of Yuridom” worth the attention of the few nation members out there who have yet to read this awe inspiring work. For everyone else, it is safe to say most of you agree with this review.