Octave (2008 – 2011)

Written and Drawn by Akiyama Haru



This is actually one of my favorite manga’s.

The story revolves around a former idol of a not-so-popular group when she was a teenager, Miyashita Yukino. Not willing to endure the bullying of high school after her failure, she decided to work in the industry as an assistant manager. Through her struggles, she meets a fairly successful song writer, Iwai Setsuko.  Seduced by Iwai’s beauty, she explores her sexuality and eventually falls in love. However she struggles with her relationship as she is not only confused by her sexuality, but has taken on the toll of being a manager and coming to terms with her past.

I really enjoyed this manga. You go through Yukino as she has to come to terms with many things in her life, with love being one of them. It’s a great coming of age story I think and perfect for our generation. The story is very deep though and very….angsty to say the least. Not VERY angsty where you want to cry, but the kind of angst where you’re kind of irritated.

I enjoyed the artwork. It’s simple yet detailed enough. I do encourage anyone to give it a shot!

Art: 6/10

Yuri Rating: 8/10

Overall: 7/10



Well like I said, this was a fantastic storyline. It’s great for coming of age. I do have to admit I HHHAATTEDDD it when she slept with that guy. I literally FREAKED. and when Setsuko found out I wanted to cry FOR her. Oh god MY HEARRTTTT.

That was probably the most painful part of it.

And THAT is why I docked 2 points. It was only fair after all. AND all those thoughts about “gee I wonder what it would be like to sleep with her brother” was when I NOPED the fuck out of that chapter and docked a point 😡

I did notice something though. In order to truly understand Yuki’s actions and emotions, you really have to dig deep and look at the subtext. I really didn’t realize how selfish Yuki was until Setsuko pointed it out. I don’t know if I just missed all the signs or if they were just really really really really subtle about it….

As for art, yes it is simple but not but ugly. It’s not the most detailed and does get just a little weird at some angles, I rated it as “not bad” but not exactly the best.

One point I do have to bring up. When Yuki’s talking with her friend, specifically, the one that does porn. I started to wonder…. do women in general talk about these subjects? ಠ_ಠ

I mean, my friends and I don’t talk about that stuff in general. Are we normal or?…. I don’t know but I mean….getting your friend to do porn with you?….. ಠ_ಠ

Those conversations kind of made me squirm so…was that just me? I have a bone to pick with that I mean was that necessary? Or did I miss some kind of symbolic message it was supposed to represent? ಠ_ಠ

Well, anyways, overall it was pretty good and well worth the read.

Art: 6/10

Yuri Rating: 8/10

Overall: 7/10

One thought on “Octave (2008 – 2011)

  1. Fav yuri manga of all time. Yukino’s an intentional failure who SLOWLY improves, Setsuko’s the bishoujo who is not as perfect as Yukino claims, loved the challenges both had to face and the sacrifices that had to be made in order to live happily ever after.
    If the showdown between Yukino and her mom were shown on screen, this manga would have been perfect. Almost perfect is good too.

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