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Ch 115 Comments

September 5th, 2005 (04:26 am)

current mood: sleepy

Ohh boy am I behind... I guess Ch 114 will be next... ^^;; In any case, some comments about this chapter.

The start of the chapter begins with the picture of Tohru and Akito showing the polarity between the two and this chapter shows a side of Akito compared to last chapter's Tohru story.

置いていく気持ち vs 置いていかれる気持ち

I stared at the start to this chapter for a long time compared to the start of last chapter. This could be read as the feelings one leaves behind vs the feelings one's left behind, and while the first suits Tohru's chapter, I didn't get the feeling that the latter half suited Akito. So instead I went with the feeling of leaving vs the feeling of being left. Last chapter and Tohru's deciding to move on from her mother's death and her mother being #1, and Akito's refusal to move and having the others leave her behind. The other thing about the opening comment, was... unfortunately, I don't remember the chapter where it took place, but I seem to recall Kyoko wondering which was the more difficult, leaving or being left, and so that parallel seemed even more fitting in that sense.

Akito's box...
Ren wants it, Rin tried to steal it (for Ren), Shigure doesn't like it, Akito treasures it, and Kureno saw what's inside... Personally from the look on Kureno's face and the way he holds it etc., I get the feeling it's empty. From Shigure's comment that Ren's the one who should have the box, I get the feeling that he also knows the true contents of the box. From one of my previous entries on Japanese funerary urns, typically the urn isn't left on it's own but has other wrappings and casings as well. (Remember, Japan is pretty crazy about wrapping things. If you buy a pen there, it'll be put inside a small paper bag/envelope that's taped closed and is in turn put inside a plastic bag that is also taped closed. That's the typical minimum wrapping for things.) In any case, I get the feeling that whether the box does or doesn't contain Akira's ashes isn't important, and that it's more symbolic in nature. And that as long as Akito clings to that box, it's like she's clinging to the past and to Akira. Shigure said that the box wasn't anything that Akito needed. That comment made me think of two different possibilities. That Shigure believes that Akito will eventually come around and start to move forward, and that even without the box (ie without the curse), the 12shi would still be there for Akito in some form and that they'd still care for her.

Go Shigure! I love what he said to Ren in this chapter! And while I doubt he'll show his support of Akito to her directly for a while yet, seeing his true feelings for Akito compared to Ren's self-delusions was nice. Ren needs a serious whack upside the head, and Shigure's comment of how seeing Ren allowed him to imagine what Akito would look like if she'd lived as a woman gave her a little taste of reality. That yes, some people really do love her daughter and not her, and that the world doesn't revolve around her regardless of what she may think. And it's quite clear from her comments, that she believes people should be more appreciative of her because she's the one who gave birth to Akito, even allowed Akito to be born in the first place (or live afterwards perhaps??), and that she was the only one who saw or was even capable of seeing Akira's feelings and had saved him. (Gag!) Ren's clearly more caught up in her own perceived self-importance than considering or concerning herself with anything around her.

Taken in by Ren's pity, I wonder if he realised over time what she was truly like. He seems to have understood something from when Akito was born, but I wonder how much he realised before then. Ren claims that they loved one another and shared a bond, but if that's so, why does she try seducing the other 12shi? Why is Ren so insistent that everything was fine until Akito was born, and why was she so jealous of Akito. Akira's comments to Akito that she's special, chosen, would know nothing of loneliness or fear, and the only thing in her future was "unchanging"... Akito's clearly clinging to those words as we saw back in the summer vacation story. How much of what Akira told Akito was from legend (ex. being special/chosen aka God) compared to his own inner demons and fears (being alone, afraid) is unclear.

From dreaming of never being left to the sudden realisation that Momiji's been freed from the curse, Akito's world continues to crumble. Momiji cried as he realised he's been freed from the curse, the question is what he will do from here on. From the interview in the Neko FB, it's doubtful that he'd want to bring up the past in being with his family, but would want to go forward and build a new relationship with them. And while this is now possible (as it is possible for him to live outside as well), the question is whether he'll "leave" Akito or stay in some form as Kureno did. Momiji's a very empathetic character yet at the same time also very responsible so it's hard to say exactly which direction he'll take. For whatever reason, Momiji's not particularly liked by Akito. I think for me, the question is more one of, to what extent will Momiji leave the other 12shi more than leaving Akito. However, at the same time, Momiji strikes me as seeing the overall picture better than Kureno and therefore may well act differently.

ANYhow, I'm going to bed. I'll think about being coherent in the morning. :P


Posted by: sakurinha (cris_yoshida)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for your post! First, isn´t it crazy to simply get freed like that, all of sudden? I think Takaya sensei should explain it better... About Momiji leaving Akito, I do think he will do it, because of his love and respect for Tohru and others...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)

I don't know how unlikely it is for the curse/bond to be broken so easily. Shigure had hinted at how he could "hear" the curse crumbling (something like that I believe when Isuzu collapsed at his home and Hatori came to take her away), but when reading one of the J commentaries, the writer mentioned that they didn't even realise Momiji was free until reading the end banner so it's not like we had much chance for any sort of explanation. We can only hope that Ch 116 will continue in the same vein. ^^;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)

argh! you know the empty box theory would be just like something Takaya would pull neee...kinda like in Tsubasa wo Motsu Mono ^^;
gosh I wonder if Akito will have the same Ending as Hilt ...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)

LOL! You never know although I'm sort of thinking that it might go more towards like Genei Musou's ending only in the same time frame rather than 2 generations later. ^_^ But yeah, definitely the redeemable type villain compared to the "throw-away" kind. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)

hahaha you know if she does do the hilt ending...
can you imagine Akito assuming care of a bunch of orphan kids or even more amusing her own kids x_X

but yeah I'm hoping for the redeemable villain though seriously between Akito and Shigure i wonder who truely the villain is...

Posted by: nana_komatsu7 (nana_komatsu7)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)

really interesting notes... I like so much that one about Momiji... I hope he can be free to build a relationship with his family... I like him so much... ;_;

Misato-san (http://www.yazagaku.net)

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
little cateuh by tiou tiou

Thank you for *everything* Shadow, your summary was, as usual, absolutely perfect. Thanks also for such in-depth analyses.

Regarding the person seen telling the 12shi in volume one, I am a hundred percent sure it's Akira. Can you imagine that ? Akira was actually seen in the first chapter of the story ! God, Takaya sensei never ceases to amaze me.

Oh and, before I go, I would be honored to add you to my friends list, can I ?



Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 15th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)

No worries on adding me to your friends list. ^_^

Posted by: メー (meghsta)
Posted at: September 5th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)

oh dear, i completely did not see the lj entry before this one. silly me... sorry ^^;; haha, looked again at ch. 115 scans; yes, that definitely looks like akira. he has long nails and nice eyelashes, esp in vol. 1.

Posted by: Selphie (selphies)
Posted at: September 13th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)

weee I didn't know you had a LJ Shadow-kun!
I totally agree with the empty box theory, when you look at Kureno's face, well, there is no doubt it's empty! But who knows, maybe there is some Akira's picture inside, like Tohru with her mom.

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