I’ve re-read chapter nine of Citrus way too much since its release.
I love the series but I have mixed feelings about the writing. Obviously Matsuri is a character that serves as a plot device for more conflict. And sadly, that’s all she is so far. (We have yet to really see though, right? I could be wrong.) The characters are all stereotypical and overdone—but none of that’s inherently horrible. We’ve seen it work. Citrus is definitely intriguing and has a big following. I’m not going to deny or hide my love for the series. It’s just that some of the writing is all too familiar from the 90s trend of yuri. Yuri manga and anime has progressed since then and we’ve been blessed with characters who are not one dimensional and are more than just mere plot devices. Whether or not our main characters are one dimensional is up for discussion though. I can see arguments for either side.
I am actually grateful for Matsuri’s place in the story because even though there was already drama, the story itself has been staggering at a snail’s pace. I know that Matsuri’s reason of existence has been a huge complaint about the latest chapter but critical fans like myself need to understand that sometimes drama alone does not move a story.
We’ve already gone through Mei’s father, intimacy, and general intro issues. And we’ve already established the problems with Mei + Yuzu.
Maybe Matsuri will force Mei to confront her own feelings about Yuzu and own them.