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Manga / Shiroi Heya no Futari

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Shiroi Heya no Futari (白い部屋のふたり, Our White Room or Couple of the White Room) is the first Girls' Love manga. It was written by Ryoko Yamagishi, one of the Year 24 Group (a collective of manga artists who revolutionized Shōjo manga), during The '70s, and is the source of many common Girls' Love tropes. The manga ran for four chapters in the shoujo magazine Hana to Yume in 1971.

Shiroi Heya No Futari contains examples of:

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Simone swallows her pride and tells Resine her love, only to be turned down.
  • Asleep for Days: Alluded to, and used as the basis for a joke. After Resine faints during morning assembly, she wakes up in a bed and being watched over by Simone, who says she's been out for three days. When she panics, Simone laughs and tells her she's really only been out for a minute - she was just teasing Resine.
  • The Mourning After After Simone dies, Resine vows to never love another as long as she lives.
  • Parental Neglect: Simone's mother is a famous actress who spares little time or attention for her daughter.
  • School Play: Romeo and Juliet, with Simone and Resine playing the leads. It is foreshadowing that their love will end badly.