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I'd have totally taken the happy ending as it was if I didn't read Sakamoto's end notes. It just really changes how I feel about the ending after learning about the real Buntarou. But meh.
Go read this if you haven't, guys. With everything done now... Feels good.
If you didn't get it, when they said "the immortal Katou Buntarou died" it means like "that aspect of his personality died". Not the man himself.
I never translated any of the ending biographies and interviews and stuff, because they're not related to the manga and they're extremely long. But I felt the part about Katou Buntarou at the end was worth doing.
Sakamoto-sensei is going to be starting a new series in YJ soon. It's mentioned on the uh... Miracle Jump site. He did a "pinup illustration" in issue 10 (I haven't seen it. If anybody has that issue let me know, or scan it). I'd like to maybe work on that, too. I love his style.
I'd love it if he put out an art book or something.
I'm re reading the manga now. I'd say after oonishi's death the art and the story got more mature and it only got better from there.
And well what to say about Shiroi lol greatest character change ever seen in manga history.
If you were to translate sensei's new series I'd read it for sure and be very thankfull to you.
I'd also definitely love to read his new series. He did an outstanding job with Kokou no Hito and at the very least, I know the art in his new series will be great.
Last edited by kewl0210; September 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM.
I wonder if the free solo guy that resembled mori's dead friend had another purpose in the story at the begining. Although the way Sakamoto closed his part in the story was very good considering that probably wasn't his plan. The way he died made me shiver. Tearing his own skin
He was just there to draw in the story of part 1. Which was the reason Buntarou was isolated and antisocial in the first place. Because his one friend tried to kill himself and he feels he let him do it. And then he had to change schools because of how ostracized he got. The guy was one of his first "pull towards being alone" influences, and the primary one in Part 1. He was the guy who said everybody else was wrong, breaking the rules, doing things your own way, and saying climbing alone is "cooler". The fact that he looked like his friend was coincidental, and was just a reminder to Buntarou to that, influencing him on a deeper level. There's no supernatural stuff in this manga, there's no crazy weird reason the guy looked like hid friend. (They both had names. The alive guy was named Hara...) Later it gets followed up by Yumi's life being screwed up "because of him" and then Oonishi dying.
Last edited by kewl0210; September 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM.