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Otoyomegatari – 104 – Lost in Anime


One of many penalties of Otoyomegatari’s irregular (however at all times fairly rare) launch schedule is that I usually miss when a brand new chapter is launched.  And since I’m probably not fascinated with it, it doesn’t happen to me to verify, typically for weeks after a launch.  I certain as hell would have been throughout this chapter if I’d recognized what kind of content material it had although, I’ll let you know that.  This was about as elemental because the sequence will get.

I’ve come to phrases with this sequence by no means getting an anime (I do type of get why they’re all afraid of it, regardless of its powerhouse gross sales and numerous awards).  And I definitely don’t have any points with the discharge schedule, as a result of at the very least Mori-sensei avoids lengthy hiatuses.  It’s no coincidence which mangaka are “sluggish” – Mori, Tsukushi, Togashi, Inoue – as a result of they’re those doing essentially the most demanding work.  I do assume wistfully about seeing these panels on display sometime, although.  It will in all probability disappoint, but when they one way or the other managed to tug it off – wow.

I just lately paid a visit to the Otoyomegatari exhibition on the Kyoto Worldwide Manga Museum.  Seeing a lot Mori brilliance in a single setting was nearly overwhelming (because it was with the final featured manga there, Taniguchi Jiro).  The quantity of care Moti places into her work is really awe-inspiring – that’s as distinctive as her creative expertise fairly frankly, and that’s actually saying one thing.  She cares a lot about this tradition and making an attempt to signify it authentically.  I admit I’m not knowledgeable sufficient to know the way properly she’s succeeded, but it surely may hardly be extra convincing.

As for this chapter, it provides us the three Jahan sisters and Halgal cousins on the marriage evening (some could also be dissatisfied the marriage itself was skipped, however this was extra attention-grabbing to me).  Azel tells Bekhe that he at all times thought he wished a spouse who was like an eagle, however that in comparison with her “everybody else is sort of a mere lamb”.  The timing for these marriages is each preferrred and intensely unlucky – the survival of the Halgal clan itself was in dire query, but the steppes and village could also be engulfed in battle with Russia at any second.  And this hangs over the brand new {couples} like a malaise (although Bekhe does pledge to struggle as exhausting as any man, and I wouldn’t wager towards it).

It hangs over Karluk and Amir too, the principle couple on this story and possibly my favourite couple in manga.  The age distinction has at all times been the elephant within the room with Otoyomegatari – utterly genuine to the setting, but one thing Mori-sensei has at all times needed to finesse with nice delicacy.  Karluk will likely be about fourteen now, and one can assume that his relationship with Amir has reached a degree of bodily intimacy extra applicable for a husband and spouse.  But discovering a strategy to recommend this looks as if such an insurmountable problem for any mangaka, even this one.

She’s at all times discovered the precise facet of that imaginary line, wherever it’s.  However she raises the bar right here, as a result of she reveals us that intimacy way more instantly than she ever has earlier than.  Mori leaves simply sufficient to hypothesis to go away us guessing, whereas on the identical time leaving little doubt that this facet of Amir and Karluk’s relationship has progressed an ideal deal (the place have been you placing your hand anyway, Amir?).  She appears to at all times come again to “in the event that they love one another, that’s all that basically issues” – and it’s exhausting to argue with the outcomes.  The character of this relationship is uncommon by fashionable requirements to make sure.  However once they pledge to guard one another, it appears completely pure and applicable – it really works for them, and that’s who they’re.  And why would anybody need to change them?



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