Life by Keiko Suenobu
This manga contains themes of bullying, suicide, sexual assult, abuse and self injury and is in no way subtle about it. I'm not going to be including or showing any references to self harm (nor suicide or sexual assult) here, but it's prominent in the manga and absolutely is not hidden or sugar-coated.
There's a live action drama adaptation that changes the self injury to something less graphic but that's not what this page is about ;u;/
Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Psychological
Ayumu Shiiba is studying for the all-important high school entrance exams. She is struggling to get by, but thankfully has help from her best friend Shii-chan, who is at the top of their class. Test results come back and their friendship falls apart when Ayumu surpasses Shii-chan's scores and gets into her high school of choice while Shii-chan doesn't. Hoping for a fresh start, Ayumu arrives at her new high school and finally opens up to a new friend, Manami. But will Manami prove to be the friend that Ayumu truly needs or send her further in a downward spiral?
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These panels are so pretty
Suenobu's art improves drastically as the series goes on.
Side note: While the main character has a crush on a boy, many interactions with her female friends (one especially :3c) feel like she could "feel something more" for them. In other words I'm willing to call their relationship
gay ambiguously bisexual. And you cannot fight me on this. They love each other and i refuse to believe otherwise