August 06, 2011, 08:12 AM
Welcome to the No. 6 anime thread
An anime was produced with 11 episodes, first airing on July 7, 2011.
Premiere: July 7, 2011
Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:15
Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Torrent Links (english subs):
If you interested in the manga, check its own thread here (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php/75104-No.-6-by-Asano-Atsuko-and-Kino-Hinoki?p=2773071#post2773071).
August 06, 2011, 09:50 AM
Hi! First of all I like to thank you for posting this in the D.Gray-man Hang Out Thread! Or else I would never have found this at all! The likeness to Yullen really amazes me, and I'm liking the manga and anime alike. I'd like to read the novel too, but at the moment, I only saw a link to the first chapter of it.
And did they kiss? Really? I've watched all five episodes as of today and just finished downloading the 4 chapters. Where did this happen? I'd really like to see, or read this myself. Knowing how it happened too. ^^
August 06, 2011, 12:04 PM
Hey, there. :)
Only the volume 1 of novel was completely translated. Volume 2 in progress.
You can read it here: http://ninteenpointzerofour.wordpress.com/no-6/
Besides that, there is only the chinese translation around.
You will find summaries in many places describing the kisses. Example:
They actually kissed twice (on the lips) in the novels. The first one was claimed by Shion as a good night kiss, but it's actually a goodbye kiss (because he'll go save Safu) and Nezumi is aware of that. Nezumi then gets emotional and cries after the kiss.
The second kiss is at the end when Nezumi bids farewell to Shion (like an oath kiss that he promises to come back), and then Shion said the he won't let him go again when he comes back home.
A person at Lj posted the translation of one of the kisses that happen at volume 3-chapter 4 (http://shion-no-6.livejournal.com/3464.html)
"I know that sort of thing! But I just worry about you. Can't I worry about you? Don't I have the right to worry about you?"
"Right... what are you saying, Shion?"
"You're forcing me to!"
Shion clenched his fist and hit the bookshelf.
A mountain of accumulated books toppled over. Cravat squeaked and hid within Nezumi's clothes.
"Sorry, I got too excited (fired up... but I'm leaving it as excited since Nezumi repeats it in a somewhat flirtatious way in the next line)... I didn't mean to yell at you like that."
"Not at all, your excited expression is rather alluring. If the opportunity arises, I'd like to see it again."
"Being together with you, I seem to frequently get excited (fired up). It turns out I'm such an emotional person. I even scared myself."
"You've always been emotional by nature, with your emotions reigned in by your sense of reason. It's not shameful to freely go along with one's emotions. Four years ago as well, while you were still a No.6 elite, you complied with your feelings... and accepted me."
It was said with a barely audible whisper.
Shion lowered his head and leaned over. His lips lightly pressed against Nezumi's lips.
The sound of a book falling from somewhere resounded.
Nezumi lifted his head and asked "This isn't a kiss of gratitude, is it?"
"It's only a good night kiss."
"Oh... good night."
"Tomorrow I'd like to help give the dogs a fur trim. There's a lot of long-haired dogs, but Inukashi just leaves them there. Their furs' all knotted. They'll get dermatitis at this rate."
"I just got bitten. So regardless of whether it's long-haired or short-haired, I don't want to hear about the dogs."
Shion laughed and waved.
"Then good night."
"Hm, sweet dreams."
Shion disappeared behind the books. Perhaps since he wished to sleep together with Shion, Cravat burrowed out of Nezumi's clothes and followed Shion up.
"Good night kiss, was it?"
Nezumi leaned back in his armchair and gently caressed his lips with his fingers.
"So it seems you know how to lie too."
In an instant the hunger, the fatigue, the pain from his wound all dissipated. In its place, other feelings slowly surged forth from within his body. It was difficult to distinguish whether those feelings were sorrow or loneliness.
What was this?
Suddenly he felt warm droplets slide down his cheek. Only after quite some time passed, did he realize they were tears.
I've long forgotten how to cry.
Like a soup with too much salt added.
Nezumi hugged his legs close and lowered his head. Slowly, he drank the tears that fell to his mouth.
August 07, 2011, 08:55 PM
thank you so much for the links! I'll go to reading the novel trans now. ^^ And wow, they really did kiss. lol. Actually makes me happy.
September 02, 2011, 02:19 PM
Wow, thanks for all of those links and for turning me on to this anime. I'd actually been planning to watch it for a long while (ever since the new season started), but once I found out it was BL, it kinda got bumped up on my priority list. :amuse
And then I watched episode one... and DAMN. way, way more than I was expecting. I pretty much watched all 9 episodes in a row. Sooo much fun. Honestly though, I really don't see what the genre debate is all about -- it was very clear to me after the first ep that this wasn't just slashy, but at least full-on shounen-ai. Had the characters been older, I could've taken taken that dialog word for word and inserted it into any generic yaoi manga and it wouldn't have seemed out of place at all.
And wow, that kiss was way more intense in the novel than in the anime. I see what you mean about them cutting bits... How are you liking the novels, in general? BL stuff aside, is there a lot more in them that the anime hasn't shown? One thing that frustrates me about the anime (besides the horrible animation) is the lack of world definition. Generic dystopian future, division between the ignorant Haves and rebellious Have-nots, and to be honest it just seems like plot device more than anything else -- a way for Sion to be led around and "educated" (haha) by Nezumi, and for them to have a reason to work together to save whatsherface.
For a BL, it's good. definitely above-average. But if I have to compare it to everything else, it's been done better before. That's why I'm wondering if something's just been lost in the transition to anime. I know they must've had to rush a lot of stuff to compress everything down to 11 episodes. ah well. I'm enjoying the BL bits in the meantime. xD
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my first gif! i couldn't resist.
:love :love :love :love :love
September 02, 2011, 07:05 PM
Another fan is translating the novel.
She already is on chapter 4 of volume 2: http://9th-ave.blogspot.com/search/label/no.6
My biggest complaint would be about the order of scenes. It's different on the 3 (anime, manga and novel).
I am already used to the anime lowering the level of involvement of Shion and Nezumi. In the novel, they really care for each other, more than the anime is showing. There was also the Riki part that i have to read again, cause i think it showed hints that he is Shion's father. But i'm not sure, especially after nothing being shown in the anime.
September 06, 2011, 11:42 AM
Well, I just majorly spoiled myself with the ending. Read it here, if you want: http://canis-m.livejournal.com/413712.html
It's just the last scene of volume 9, plus the epilogue. Of the novels, I've only read that little bit plus some random excerpts and pieces of scenes. I dunno though. I don't know what it is about light novels -- possibly a bad translation, not sure -- but they always seem like bad fanfic to me. Just bad prose, and overly angsty/melodramatic.
Guess I'll have to see how the last two eps play out though. wonder if they'll keep the same non-ending.
September 10, 2011, 02:38 AM
I have to post this scan from a magazine about animes. It's way too cute to not post.
Credits to sakuraelizaveta at Lj for finding it.
And here it is, the day of the last episode of No. 6 season.
For those interested to know more info about the story, just read the whole thread, where you will find links to blogs translating the novel.
OST will be officially available on October 27th.
Interview with Asano Atsuko from the guidebook
Thanks to karice67 at no6city (http://no6city.livejournal.com/42928.html#cutid1) for translating it.
It may contain spoilers for those that only read the manga.
[Translation] Asano Atsuko interview from the No.6 guidebook
now that the anime's ended, I thought I'd post the interview from the guidebook, which has Asano-sensei talking mostly about the themes in "No.6". I think anyone who's read [info]astrialite's fantastic summaries probably picked out a few of them (I personally think the final episode doesn't do them justice), but just in case anyone is interested in what Asano-sensei was inspired by, I hope this is useful.
The state*, the individual and No. 6
[*The "state" (国家) that Asano-sensei is referring to here isn't something like e.g. the state of California, but rather the governing apparatus of a country, i.e. the politicians, parliament and the bureaucracy that implements all the laws and policies.]
ーWhat was behind the birth of "No.6"?
After the terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001, I did a lot of thinking about the relationship between the state and the individual. America is a big country where countless people live. And yet, in that large country, a small number of terrorists appeared and brought about such a huge disaster (lit: incident). Whilst I was thinking about the meaning of that revelation, the following question came to mind: what can individuals achieve against something so large as a state? I wanted to try asking myself that question by writing a novel (series).
And just at that time, I was invited to create a work under the YA! Entertainment label. On the one hand, I had this heavy theme - but I also wanted to write an interesting story, and I thought I'd be able to do that for an audience of young adult readers.
ーWhat was the first thing that came to your mind?
In most cases, when starting a story, the first thing I think about is what kind of characters I want to write about. From that, I start to see the themes and the story that those characters set in motion. But for "No.6", I started with the theme of "the state and the individual", which was slightly different from (how I began) all my other works. Expanding on that theme, I decided to write a story about an autocratic state crumbling and moving towards rebirth.
ーWhy did you set it in the near future?
With that setting, I thought that I'd be able to write what I intended.You might say that it's a sci-fi story set in the near future, but I didn't intend to write it as sci-fi.
ーWas there a model for the utopic city of No.6?
The suffocating atmosphere of No.6 is, I think, similar to that of Japan. (From the outside), Japan may seem like an ideal country: it has water and sewerage systems, public transport runs on time, you can get anything you want as long as you have money, and it even has social security. But despite all that, there are people around me complaining that "it's sometimes hard to breathe". I myself felt something chaining me down when I was a teenager, and I find myself wondering why, in this country, roughly 30,000 people take their own lives every year. Even though we are so blessed, why is living so difficult? To face that question, I needed a city that was extremely repressed.
ーSo that suffocating atmosphere you felt was the model for No.6?
I think you can say that, because with September 11, I felt a sense of suffocation as well. Wasn't there an atmosphere that made it difficult to say things like "I want to know what the terrorists are thinking", or "Are they really evil?" Even if you wanted to discuss it, I think there were many people who detached themselves from the problem, as if saying that "terrorists are different from us", or "it's something from another world". But I want to think about it without that detachment. (In the end), the struggle to prevent myself from being swept along by the thinking of those around me became the strength I needed to develop this story.
Shion and Nezumi
ーHow were the two main characters born?
Because it was to be a "YA Entertainment" series, I decided that I would have boys as my protagonists. Once I expanded my image of a world in the near future, two boys came to my mind: one who lived within the state, and another who lived alone. One that knew nothing, and another that knew everything. Something like 'light and dark', you could say, that's how Shion and Nezumi were born as such contrasts. But even though they are complete opposites of each other, rather than regarding each other with hostility, they're drawn to each other. But from that relationship, it turned into me just wanting to write about the two of them.
ーFrom an adult's perspective, their relationship is rather mysterious.
It's not just restricted to male characters - I rather like writing about relationships between people of the same sex. When you write about opposite sexes who are drawn to each other, you typically end up with them falling in love, or (becoming) husband and wife... To a certain extent, there is a fixed 'template'. But if you write about people of the same sex, a relationship that you can't express with words like friendship, comradery, love or hate is born. I think that there is great value in writing relationships where you can't draw lines like that. Between Shion and Nezumi is a 'unique relationship' born of particular conditions and particular experiences, something that only they have. I wanted to write it because I wanted to know what that relationship would be. Of course, such 'unique relationships' can be formed between people of the opposite sexes too. It's not like we get 'mass-produced' feelings whenever two people meet. But I really feel that what's really interesting to write about are the 'original' feelings that come from relationships between people of the same sex.
Karan and Safu and their impact on the story
ーNext, I'd like to ask you about Karan's parental feelings and Safu's love.
I was able to write about relationships between (guys) because its something I don't know, but for the heart of a parent or of a young girl in love - they're feelings I can write about from my own experience. Especially in Karan's case, I think a part of myself really came through. The feelings that Karan feels towards Shion and Lili, rather than a process of creation, it was like I was simply bringing out what was in my own heart.
ーWhat do you think of Karan as a woman?
She's a very mysterious woman. At first, even I felt that she was "a foolish mother". Although she felt that something wasn't quite right in the life she was leading, because she was able to live without any loss of freedom, she didn't try to find anything out, and didn't even know what she didn't know. A part of me is like that too, so I ended up putting my own feelings into her - at times, I put too much of myself in. But even she, who had been "a foolish mother", started to fight. Relying on her own feelings and on her brains, she came to value a way of life that protected the people you care about with an illogical love.
ーSafu, too, loves illogically, doesn't she?
I wrote/introduced Safu into this story, a story dominated by boys, because I wanted to add the essence of girls to it. I wanted to write about a girl with a strong/dignified presence, a girl who loved straightforwardly. However, at the start, I didn't think that she'd be so deeply involved. I assumed that I understood how a girl would act. But Safu sometimes does things contrary to my expectations. For example, at the correctional facility in the 9th volume, when she cried in front of Shion, it shook me to the core - I was like "Aah...she ended up crying". What happened to Safu in the end may be rather bitter, but it was really important for the story.
From September 11 to March 11: Speaking of Miracles
ーWhen you were writing the final volume, the Touhoku Earthquake occurred.
I was actually meant to finish the manuscript by February, but my struggle with that delayed it into March, and (we) met with the earthquake. The quake itself was a natural disaster, but the response to the later issues at the nuclear power plants had me once again thinking about "the state", just like September 11.
ーThat's a pretty big coincidence, isn't it?
I did wonder about the timing. I even thought that, if there was some kind of meaning to the coincidence, it was because I'd written a half-baked answer (to my question). From the time I started writing the story, I had an image that "No.6" was a story that I'd end with 'destruction and rebirth'. But because of the March 11 quake, the reality that there are many different paths to rebirth was brought home to me. Within the world of "No.6", for example, the ways that Shion, Nezumi and Yoming see rebirth are all different, and it's impossible to pick any one way as "the way things should be". However, in order for the story to end, it was essential for some kind of rebirth to start. Two questions - how to end the story properly, and what kind of rebirth should I write about in the end - these two weights were hanging over me at the same time, so I was doubly restrained.
ーBecause of the Touhoku earth quake, what readers take from "No.6" will certain be different.
With a great danger in front of you, when you are confronted with difficult individual decisions, I wonder if writing the following kind of story to contemplate the world is an appropriate response. You could make the story the end of your questioning as well, right? With sayings like "let's all do our best", or "let's support each other", taking each others hands and standing up - as long as you do that, a happy renaissance is waiting for you. I think it's possible to take heart from a story like that. However, I think that another kind of story is necessary.
ーYou mean something asking about how rebirth should be carried out, right?
No matter how may tens or hundreds or years I take, I don't think I could pick out "the one best way" for rebirth. However, precisely because it's impossible to do so, I think there's value in writing (this kind of story). In the last volume, I suggested what the present me could do with all my might.
Destruction, Rebirth, and...
ーWas there anything you were thinking about as you finished the last volume?
I was surprised that No.6 (the state), which was that fearsome, was so fragile. With just a little internal pressure, it was easily destroyed. Until I wrote the 9th volume, I thought that No.6 would not disappear as long as Fennec and the doctor (the man-in-white), the two tyrants controlling No.6, were defeated. However, as I was writing, I realised that what had to be defeated wasn't either of them. They were just a small part of the state - it wasn't them alone that was holding No.6 up.
ーIn that case, who was holding No.6 up?
The people who didn't even try to find anything out, who didn't even try to find out why they felt suffocated. As a result, they thought of themselves as victims, but in reality, they are intimately involved. It's the ignorance and indifference of the citizens that gave the rulers their power. If the citizens don't change, No.6 will never disappear. in the end, I realised that the thing known as "the state" is not something different from "the individual", but rather the collective of "the individual".
ーIs this the answer to the question you posed at the start, about the relationship between the state and the individual?
I don't know if you can say that I've given an answer. Even now, I am not confident that I really brought the story to an end. However, I am glad that I had the story of "No.6" within me.
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