Somehow I missed a bunch of these! The bonus is that I got to read a whole slew at once, which is lovely. If you’ve not caught up either, you can find them all here: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/lets-take-the-train-together-shall-we-r18448 (official scanlation site.)
If these two don’t end up as lovers by the end, there will be gross sobbing and possibly a little raging from me. I can no longer pretend I won’t be devastated if this ends in a platonic way. Also, if these two just end up bro’friends at the end? Sally-sensei is a queer baiting son-of-a-b*tch!
Because Chapter 10 is literally about how Chen Yuchen is having an extremely sh*tty day until he sees Li Tingyu in his street clothes. Seriously. Just seeing Tingyu in casual clothes lifts the cloud from Chen Yuchen’s day.
Listen, I have some really awesome friends in my life with whom I have a 100% platonic relationship with, but they usually lift me out of my crappy mood by talking to me about their lives or hanging out with me. I do not get happy just by seeing them in cute clothes.
When I see my wife coming out of work in her cute shoes and a kicky skirt? Holy sh*t, yes. Just watching her walk will bring a smile to my face, brighten my day–before I even talk her.
Do you see the difference?
I don’t think that people in Taiwan are that much culturally different than people in the U.S. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe bro’mances are really different in Taiwan. Maybe guys there are just more laissez fair about it all. “Dude! Cute shoes! OMG, they make me so happy! How do they make you feel?” But, I have tons of girls who are my friends who do not make my day just by wearing something I’ve never seen them in before. Hell, half the time I don’t notice when my friends who are girls get new glasses or change their hair, but that might be part of being a lesbian. So, maybe this isn’t a Taiwan/U.S. thing, maybe this is a straight thing. Maybe straight people really get happy when they see their other straight friends looking good.
BUT, JUST FYI, THIS READS AS VERY QUEER TO ME, AS A QUEER WOMAN.
Especially since the next three chapters are all about the guys finally exchanging phone numbers and then spending a lot of their waking hours wondering why the other one won’t call.
Plus, we do get some full-on queer baiting/fan service, when the two high school girls who were hoping to score some adult salaryman action try to get closer to Chen Yuchen and Li Tengyu again, and, when the train breaks suddenly, slam the two men “too close” together. This ends with a bloody nose from Chen Yuchen, which has its own kind of cultural double-entendre, but in this case is actually cause by a hard skull whacking into a nose.
So, yeah, what to make of where this is going…. I’m not sure.
Let’s Take the Train Together, Shall We? is not, so far as I know, listed as a yaoi, so I can’t be certain things are going to go as they should. In fact, what I’m suspecting is going to happen next is that now that Li Tengyu’s overly touchy boss is sitting next to him on a the train and is more a little sloshed, having had an afternoon client meeting at the Taiwanese version of an izakaya, there’s going to a Big Misunderstanding between our boys when touchy-feely boss gets a little too physically friendly with Tengyu.
Now, how that’s going to play out will be interesting. Is there going to be a whole lot of Chen Yuchen avoiding Li Tengyu because “OH SHIT HE’S A HOMO!” or what?
I don’t know, but things could go terribly, terribly wrong from here.
Someone hold me.