Things are getting kind of strange...
I like this kind of strangeness, lyricness in Ashinano's works
So Kajika being Isaki's sister is canon now... then again, it was hinted at pretty strongly.
This was the penultimate chapter. Here the note of Roselia Scans:
The last chapter will reveal us all for good or for bad...Quote:
---------- Post added December 06, 2013 at 10:06 AM ---------- Previous post was December 03, 2013 at 06:23 PM ----------
I feel kind of sad with this end, even if the evaluation of the whole manga makes me value it as one of the best I've read. The firsts volumes were absolutely great. But the end is not good to me, as it happened with the end of vol 5. Both were kind of cryptic, and I couldn't go beyond the magnificent metaphors and poetic images already portrayed in a much more simple and clear way in Vols 1 - 4. The analogy between a motorbike and a plane, and the idea that both are metaphors of freedom were already beautifully presented not only before this ending chapter but also in YKK. So I kinda feel that the author was out of resources in the end of his story and was just repeating himself.
Much more if he left us with questions that won't be answered, at least that I have missed something in the previous chapters that explained, but: How is it that Isaki didn't recognise Shirosan? Was all the story just a dream? And what's the deal with that bottle? Is it that Shirosan was a witch and stole Isaki's memories in the previous chapter? I feel I have to reread the last 2 volumes to make the most of them, but right now honestly I don't understand this end.
Even so this story, and particularly Shirosan, just gave joy and so delightful moments. With out a single doubt about it, Hitoshi Ashinano is one of the greatest artist ever in the manga world.
…..what? The ending left me with a somewhat depressed feeling. The last volume just kinda… scared me. Especially the chapter with Shiro's time…
There's no single explanation for the ending. That's the thing about lyric works . It wasn't so extreme with Mt. Fuji, but the ending is just a total outburst of lyricness.
I like loose endings, though. It doesn't give the feel that something's over, and I can continue thinking about possible ways of how it could develop further.
Thristanhorn, the translator from Roselia Scans gave this curious lyric-al interpretation:
Didn't really care for the ending at all and while some chapters were really nice and atmospheric, overall I'd say this series was pretty average. It's impossible for me not to compare this series to YKK, and not that it was necessarily trying to live up to it, but it doesn't come anywhere close. I don't regret reading it or anything, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to somebody.
I only read part of YKK, so I didn't know about the repeating. But I did get the impression that the author was running out of steam a bit, it didn't feel as good as YKK.