Our Dreams at Dusk

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Our Dreams at Dusk
しまなみ誰そ彼
(Shimanami Tasogare)
GenreSlice of life
Manga
Written byYuhki Kamatani
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineHibana
Manga One
Original runMarch 6, 2015May 23, 2018
Volumes4
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Our Dreams at Dusk (しまなみ誰そ彼, Shimanami Tasogare) is a Japanese manga series by Yuhki Kamatani. The manga was serialized in Shogakukan's Hibana manga magazine from 2015 to 2017, and the Manga One app from 2017 to 2018. The series follows Tasuku Kaname, a gay teenager who meets other LGBT people at a discussion lounge after being involuntarily outed.

Plot[edit]

Set in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, high school student Tasuku Kaname prepares to commit suicide after his classmates discover gay pornography on his phone. Before he is able to do so, he witnesses a woman jump from a window, only to discover her unharmed in the building where she jumped from. Tasuku discovers that the building is an open 'drop-in center', where he meets other people with various troubles and learns to accept his sexuality.

Characters[edit]

Tasuku Kaname (要 介, Kaname Tasuku)
Protagonist of the story. A closeted student at Shimanami High School and member of the table tennis club. He has a crush on Tsubaki, a member of the school volleyball team.
Someone (誰かさん, Dareka-san)
A mysterious and secretive woman who owns of the drop-in center. Later revealed to be asexual.
Tachibana ()
Tasuku's friend from the table tennis club.
Haruko Daichi (大地 春子, Daichi Haruko)
A member of the drop-in center who works for a non-profit organization that restores vacant houses in Onomichi. A lesbian, in relationship with Saki.
Saki (早輝)
A member of the drop-in center. Lesbian, partner of Haruko.
Utsumi (内海)
A member of the drop-in center, belongs to the same organization as Haruko. Later it is revealed he is a trans man.
Tchaiko (チャイコ)
An elderly member of the drop-in center. He presents Tchaikovsky musical pieces (such as Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams") to Tasuku.

Publication[edit]

Shogakukan published Our Dreams at Dusk as four tankōbon volumes from December 11, 2015 to July 19, 2018.[1][2]

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga for North American release beginning on May 7, 2019, stating that the series "manages to represent so many different ways that people shape their identities and find their unique spaces, which is something anyone can relate to. It’s no wonder this compelling drama has resonated with so many people."[3]

Reception[edit]

In her review of the manga, Erica Friedman described the series' coming out narrative as "crucial for gay Japanese youth."[4] Rachel Matt Thorn described the work as "a much more realistic portrayal of the reality for a lot of LGBT et cetera folks in Japan right now."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "しまなみ誰そ彼 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "しまなみ誰そ彼 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Seven Seas Celebrates Pride Month with Powerful LGBT+ Manga SHIMANAMI TASOGARE". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Friedman, Erica (August 8, 2017). "LGBTQ Manga: Shimanami Tasogare, Volume 1 (しまなみ誰そ彼 1)". Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Kaiser, Vrai (September 3, 2017). "Chatty AF 21: Wandering Son Retrospective". Anime Feminist (Podcast). Event occurs at 1:04:40. Retrieved May 2, 2018.

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