Title: How Do We Relationship? Vol. 10
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: Yuri, Romance, Comedy
Publication Date: January 23, 2024
Volume ten of How Do We Relationship? centers around relationship trouble with the common theme between them being sex; however, the circumstances between each one are a little different.
First off, we pick up where we left off with Tamaki coming over to Miwa’s place with Saeko still there! They had just gotten out of the shower so they were afraid that it was going to create a bit of a misunderstanding. When Takami steps in, Miwa tries to explain things but bumbles her way through it. Eventually, they sit down and talk about it; however, Tamaki doesn’t seem to care all that much. Of course, that’s a lie.
It had been bothering Tamaki to the point where Miwa could easily notice it. While Tamaki wasn’t jealous, she was sulking a bit over the whole situation. This also made Miwa feel as if their relationship was coming to an end. When they cleared the air, the subject of sex came up between them. Miwa has trouble finishing so Tamaki would always get tired and lose interest. This ends up becoming a problem for the majority of the volume that they end up talking through.
On Saeko’s side, she also felt that her relationship with Yuria was coming to an end because they ended up getting into an argument. Things were going well with Yuria at work and when Saeko was doing things for her, it just made her feel even more useless and pathetic than she had been made to feel at her job. Just like with Miwa, they talked things out and Saeko found a way to still be helpful while not making Yuria feel useless. This causes Yuria to invite Saeko on a trip to her hometown. When they arrive, she shows her the beauty shop that inspired her to become a stylist… and then she says something that shocks Saeko and paints a picture of just how much her past affected her!
Okay. I think we’ve established that Miwa is super horny. Between her relationships with Saeko and Tamaki, sex is almost the only thing on her mind. It even caused Tamaki to wonder if sex was truly needed in a relationship. Miwa even began to think that after Saeko confessed that she and Yuria went on a pretty long stint without doing it. Miwa began to wonder if that’s what it was like when you’ve settled in with someone. Just those thoughts were enough to get Miwa to re-evaluate herself and that led to her having an open conversation with Tamaki about their sex life. Through this, we learn a lot about how their minds work when it comes to each other, and because of such, I feel it strengthens each other as a couple.
On Tamaki’s side, it got her wondering if sex was really needed but once she talked things out with Miwa (and Saeko), she began to realize what she wanted but felt as if she couldn’t give Miwa what she wanted. She took Miwa’s forwardness as her seeking something that Tamaki couldn’t give her and when she tried and tried while doing it together and got nowhere, she felt as if she couldn’t deliver upon Miwa’s expectations when it was Miwa all along who was having the mental roadblock.
The moral here through their development is that open communication is key to a healthy relationship. If you feel like you’re playing a guessing game, just ask and talk it out.
On Saeko’s side of the ball, all of the development was spent on Yuria and anything that Saeko experienced was a byproduct of Yuria’s journey. While she had big dreams and aspirations of becoming a stylist, her setbacks at work had been affecting her deeply. She has been made to feel useless and those feelings spilled over to her relationship with Saeko. Of course, things worked out but then that story takes a whole new turn when they visit home and we’re introduced to Erina and Kaito, two people who played key roles in her past (Erina being her sister and Kaito being her sister’s boyfriend).
Of course, there’s a bit more to things than meets the eye there and, apparently, there were some things that affected Yuria deeply. Even though Kaito’s mom’s salon was where Yuria fell in love with being a stylist, there’s always another side to the coin but that side has not been revealed in this volume.
Last time, I felt that Saeko and Miwa were on their way to becoming a couple again; however, after things were talked through in this volume, I started to question my own calculations. One good healthy talk on both sides here ended up strengthening each relationship… at least at first. While Miwa and Tamaki have a better understanding of one another, there is that one little line towards the end of the volume uttered by Yuria that could have an everlasting impact on her relationship with Saeko. Either it will cause them to become REALLY close or it could be the beginning of the end… depending on how Saeko takes it.
Unfortunately, that’s something we’ll have to wait until the next volume as I’m expecting a bigger expansion on Yuria’s past and how a lot of these events spilled into the issues that came to light with her in this volume. It no longer seems as if feeling useless stemmed from her job alone. I think it’s more than obvious that all of this is going to stem from Kaito and why he’s dating Erina rather than Yuria. That much seems pretty obvious but the circumstances of him going for Yuria’s sister is what will probably play the big role here. As I said, once it’s revealed, what Saeko does with it could either strengthen my belief that Miwa and Saeko are back on course to rekindle their relationship or it’ll tell me that I was wrong all along.
I mean, I still hold onto the hope that we get a swerve and that we are experiencing our ultimate ships right now but we know how these series go. Saeko and Miwa wouldn’t be the main characters if they weren’t meant to be together in the end. It’s just how it is with these types of series. I still think Tamaki is perfect for Miwa, though so that’s why I’m hoping this series breaks the conventional ending and dares to be different. Side characters almost always never win but it’s fun to hope that, one day, they get a W.
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This item was provided for review by VIZ Media.