Hiroki Haruse’s The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me is a manga with a title that just screams “Buy Me!”
Or, at least that’s what it says to me.
So, buy it I did, and this yuri manga proved to be just as captivating as its name!
Marika is just your average high school girl living a perfectly average life. She dreams of someday falling in love with a nice man, getting married and enjoying a normal existence for the rest of her days. Well, achieving that dream suddenly became a lot more difficult, because Marika wakes up one morning to find herself transplanted into an alternate universe where a virus has killed off all men and same-sex relationships between woman are the norm!
Freaking out from the sudden changes to the world she once knew, Marika winds up confiding her troubles in Lily, a beautiful and aloof girl who attends her school. In an unexpected turn of events, Lily decides to believe Marika’s story and even offers to help her try and figure out how this happened to her. In exchange, however, Lily asks Marika to date her!
The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me proved to be a fun read, with a cute romance and an intriguing sci-fi plot.
Marika is a straightforward girl with a bubbly personality. She gets straight to the point and proved to be surprisingly thoughtful, despite being rather on the naïve side. Over the course of the manga, she has to reevaluate her concept of “normal”, as she now finds herself in a world where the idea of heterosexual romance that she’s been idolizing is foreign and strange. As she spends more time with Lily, who tries her best to help Marika navigate this strange new world, Marika comes to the realization that “normal” is a nebulous concept that has no real meaning or value.
But does that mean she’s ready to explore the possibility of a romance with another girl?
Lily sure hopes so!
While she puts on a cold and serious front, Lily is actually really cute and easily flustered. Not to mention, she’s been crushing hard on Marika from their very first meeting.
Watching her try to act all detached, whilst simultaneously having an internal meltdown over how much she likes Marika, was really amusing. Lily also genuinely wants to help Marika, but has a conundrum of her own to wrestle with over the course of the story. If she succeeds in helping Marika figure out how she was brought from her original world to Lily’s world, then Marika might be able to return to her world. Meaning, she and Lily would never see each other again! Lily doesn’t want to be separated from Marika, but she also wants to help the girl she loves. It’s quite the difficult position to be in and the tension between these conflicting motivations added a lot of drama to the girls’ search for answers.
I quickly found myself rooting for these two girls to get together. Marika and Lily balance each other out nicely, with Marika being more upbeat and open about her feelings and Lily being more cautious and clever. They made for a cute pair and I found their romance to be very sweet and moving.
My favourite element of this manga, however, was the mystery surrounding just how and why Marika ended up in this world in the first place. The manga also tackles the question of what happened to the version of Marika who was in the Yuri universe originally.
Going into this manga, I expected the manner in which Marika switched worlds to be kind of hand-waved away as the result of a miracle, and that the story would then move on and never address it again. That’s generally what happens anytime someone finds themselves in another world in an isekai manga. However, The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me is science fiction, so the how and the why of Marika’s peculiar predicament gets a lot of focus. I quite enjoyed the enigma and seeing the girls try to put all of the puzzle pieces together, as they look into what Marika’s counter-part was up too before Marika took her place. Things get very exciting as the story progresses and Marika and Lily begin to uncover some long buried secrets, and attract some unwanted attention!
The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me is a great meld of a riveting science fiction premise and a touching romance. The main characters are really fun together and I enjoyed every moment of their adventure, so I hope all of you yuri manga fans out there will check this title out.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10
For more information on this manga, visit Yen Press’ website.
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Be sure to check out some of my other recent yuri manga reviews:
- Manga Mini Reviews: Yuri Edition!
- Superwomen in Love! Honey Trap & Rapid Rabbit Vol 1 Review
- Roll Over And Die (Manga) Vol 1 Review
- Dear NOMAN Vol 1 Review
- Alter Ego Review
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