|Remember, always read from right to left.
|I was going to use this image instead,
but in the end, good taste prevailed. By
which I mean wouldn't fit right.
A Lifeform in Puberty — Vega has a pretty similar setup, but a little less pretense about its own metaphor.
The basic premise goes something like this: Vega, a superpowered alien, has tasked herself with protecting her city from giant monsters. But lately, she's been struggling at it, having suddenly lost most of her powers one day.
Therefore, she decides to do the only logical thing to solve the problem: convince her upperclassman to make out with her.
This continues to go on, with Vega getting increasingly desperate in her measures. For her, she's willing to try anything just to convince her. It's that important!
|Let's be honest: I think we've all embarassed ourselves
like this before.
She's not actually interested in her that way, mind you. It's just strictly to get her powers back, and nothing more! Anyway, this continues to go on, with Vega getting increasingly desperate in her measures.
|Is she strong? Listen, numb pot.
And then after much haranguing, we find out why.
|Uh, hello Wegaa~nn!
But in the end, she realizes that it's not actually a kiss that will return her powers—it's admitting that she's in love! Once she does, they all come back, and finally she's able to win fights again.
I don't really want to belabour the point here too much, because the metaphor here doesn't exactly need a lot of unpacking: young woman ends up pressuring herself into making everything sexual because that's the way it's supposed to be, only manages to resolve her frustration after being honest to the girl she likes, et cetera et cetera.
Alternatively: sex is a powerful weapon, but not if you're lovesick.
Sure, it might be an unbelievably dumb comedy about an overly dramatic girl's sexual angst. But it's also... no, wait, that's pretty much entirely what it is. And that is why Vega understands exactly what's most important about a superhero origin story: a compelling coming of age metaphor.
A Lifeform in Puberty — Vega is created by Shizuru Hayashiya, and has been unofficially translated into English by geeba. It can be read online here.