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Maya's Funeral Procession (摩耶の葬列, Maya no Souretsu) is a Girls Love manga from The Seventies, written by manga pioneer Yukari Ichijo.

The protagonist is a Naive Everygirl named Reina Harukawa. She's the very sweet and sheltered daughter of a famous entrepreneur who specializes in jewels; she's also engaged to the handsome son of her dad's business partner, her Childhood Friend Taku. Reina and her family go to their summer house for vacation, and then she falls in love with her neighbor: the Aloof Dark-Haired Girl named Maya, who's quiet and cold to everyone but her emotionally unstable older sister... and Reina herself.

Still, things start to change for the worse very soon. As people around the two girls start falling dead, many questions are laid out... Who is Maya really? Why does she know so much about Reina's family? And if she has "designs" on them, will these directly involve Reina...?

Tropes used in Maya's Funeral Procession include:

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Maya, oh Maya.
  • Animals Hate Her: Variation: Maya gets along well with the horse Jupiter, but Mrs. Harukawa's cat Alexander loathes her on sight.
  • Arranged Marriage: Reina has been engaged to marry Taku Nishimura, the son of her dad's associate, from before the series began. They get along well, but Reina sees Taku more as a big brother than a boyfriend and says that she wishes she could choose her own spouse. They marry at the very end.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Maya and Reina share one.
  • Betty and Veronica: Reina is a bi-curious Archie who has Taku as her Betty and Maya as her Veronica. It's really not helped by Reina falling off her horse at some point, Taku realizing that her saddle was tampered with, and him blaming Maya for it. (It was Maya's sister, actually, but even when Maya realizes it she doesn't dispell Taku's beliefs.)
  • Break the Cutie: And holy shit, H O W.
  • Broken Bird: Maya. And her older sister. Both women are out for Revenge against the Harukawas since they blame them for their traumatic lives.
    • Mrs. Harukawa may be the more broken of everyone, however.
  • Cats Are Mean: Alexander is a quiet cat, but he's this towards Maya whom he immediately dislikes. Reina is surprised and says he's a nice kitty otherwise. Unsurprisingly, the moody feline is the first character to die.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Taku Nishimura and Reina Harukawa have known each other from years ago. From Taku's part, he has always been very in love with Reina. From Reina's, she loves him lots as a brother but is not sure about returning his romantic feelings.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Uhm. Oh, BOY. Maya's father Aoki was a very rich man who worked with very valious jewels, so Reina's parents (him being Aoki's lawyer, her being his secretary) and Taku's father (Aoki's steward) set fire to the Aoki's home, killed him and his wife, and stole his business. Maya and her sister were rescued in the nick of time (though both of them were heavily scarred), and the sisters were so traumatized and angry that they swore to kill the people who ruined their loves.. And then, it's revealed that things were even more troubled... Maya and Reina are half-sisters - Mrs. Harukawa was both the secretary and The Mistress of Mr. Aoki, cast aside by him when she was pregnant with Maya (who then was raised by the Aokis), so the lady married Mr. Harukawa and joined his plans against the Aoki family not for the business, but as her way to get back to the man who wronged her and took her firstborn child away.
  • Downer Ending: Even by usual Girls Love standards, this one's a real bummer: Maya and Reina turn out to be half-sisters, Maya commits suicide few after finding out (though considering the circumstances, she would've killed herself even without said reveal), and Reina ultimately marries .Taku... while still deep in mourning for her lost love Maya.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Maya
  • Expy: The two leads look and act nearly identical to Resine and Simone from Shiroi Heya no Futari, though Reina is more honest about her Maya-related feelings and Maya is more aloof than rebellious.
  • Face Death with Dignity: As she burns down her house and stays inside to die in the fire, Maya does so calmly and even with a bitter smile on her face, thinking about her horrible life and how Reina was the bright spot in it.
  • Girls Love
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Both Maya and her big sister have scars coming from the fire that orphaned them: the sister got half her face burned, while Maya's scars are on her arms and her back.
  • Hair Decorations: Reina wears a girlish hair-bow.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: The light-haired Reina and the dark-haired Maya.
  • Hair of Gold: Reina has light hair and is a very sweet girl.
  • Hime Cut: Maya
  • Honey Trap: Maya uses herself as one. She approaches Reina, flirts with her and even kisses her... to worm her way into Reina's life, then use her for her and her sister's revenge against her parents and Taku's dad. Unsurprisingly, she falls in love with Reina for real.
  • Ill Girl: Maya dresses in a long-sleeved dress in the middle of summer, is extremely pale, suffers headaches from time to time. etc. As it turns out, both she and her sister are this. Maya explains to Reina that it's due to the fire where they were scarred and their parents died: not only they got heavily burned, but suffered heavy carbon monoxide poisoning that ruined their healths permanently.
  • Intertwined Fingers
  • Les Yay: Maya and Reina, to the point that Reina's boyfriend Taku acknowledges Maya as a love rival.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Reina is the Light, Maya is the Dark.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Reina. She lampshades it via thinking that her father constantly buys her anything she wants, then adding "if money could buy happiness, then I'd be a very happy person now!"
  • The Lost Lenore: At the end, the long-dead Maya is this for Reina. As she tosses her bridal bouquet during her and Taku's wedding, she thinks "Maya, this is for you!"
  • Morality Pet: Reina becomes one for Maya.
  • Naive Everygirl: Reina. Poor, poor Reina.
  • No Name Given: Maya's older sister.
  • The Ophelia: Maya's older sister, a frail-looking young woman with wavy bangs that cover half her face and a very harsh, moody personality.
  • One Head Taller: Reina, to both Taku and Maya. She's that tiny.
  • Parental Neglect: Reina's father is a Workaholic, and her mother tends to ignore her when she's not scolding her for her manners. Their deals are much more complicated than believed.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Maya's sister has long bangs that cover the left part of her face. Because the poor woman's face has burn scars - as a consequence of the fire that killed her and Maya's parents.
  • The Reveal - Wham! Episode: That Maya and Reina are half-sisters
  • Revenge: Treated twofold:
    • Maya and her sister were greatly wronged in the past. Their parents, as said above, were killed in a fire by three persons from Mr. Aoki's business: his lawyer (Mr. Harukawa), his secretary (Mrs. Harukawa) and their steward (Mrs. Nishimura). The girls barely survived thanks to their old nanny (who raised them into adulthood) but were deeply scarred in all senses, and the two swore to kill those behind their misfortune. But then Maya meets Reina, falls for her and begins to hesitate...
    • At the same time, Mrs. Harukawa's part in the plot was her revenge against Mr. Aoki for keeping her as his lover, tossing her aside when her got her pregnant, and then taking their daughter away. And said daughter? Maya, of all people.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Taku Nishimura is rich, handsome, kind, devoted to his fiancée... pretty much the perfect boyfriend. Too bad Maya is, well, there.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Alexander! Kitty, nooooooo!!!
  • Serial Killer: There's one on the loose... And they're the Aoki sisters. Doubling as Sympathetic Murderers.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Maya and Reina seem to be heading into this. They do. AND HOW.
  • Strange Girl: Both Maya and her sister are very... eccentric young women.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Towards the end, Maya demands for Reina to kill her.
  • Was It All a Lie?Reina asks this to Maya when Maya explains herself to her and even tells Reina "Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred!". Maya immediately says that no, she truly meant all the love words she told to Reina and that's why she's suffering right now, insisting that she wants Reina to kill her and end her pain.
  • Wedding Day: Reina and Taku marry in Western style
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