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Just caught up with Ch. 108, so sad to have read through (the released parts) of such a great manga, now the waiting begins
That was an interesting come back of those two. And Mori is so incredibly honorable, rather spending his own money than to call and tell that it got stolen
I wonder how "Mori vs. Society" is going to continue and what will happen with that student girl with glasses. That will certainly become interesting
Also, perhaps you know:
Kokou no Hito was a great read overall (overall sounds so diminishing, rather: In every aspect). Interesting protagonist (as well as side characters), great plot and storytelling (especially storytelling), big drama and amazing arts. Also, seemingly a huge effort on mountain climbing insider knowledge. I'm really looking forwards for further chapters.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 01, 2011 at 10:48 AM.
I was a little bummed to hear Mori say he couldn't trust anyone anymore. I feel like he has grown so much and it is a real shame for him to revert back to his old self. I have a feeling that college girl will play a role in restoring his faith in humanity/society.Quote:
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What did you think of Chapter 106 where Takemura is presumably drugged and the art gets all crazy? Also, what are your thoughts on some of the symbolism utilized in the art? Most of the time, I am not smart enough to figure out what it is suppose to mean/represent, but I am still glad it is there because it makes you think.
Do you remember when Mori and his team where training for K2 in the Japanese Alps and there was a blurred "streak" across the panel on this page and this page? I couldn't for the life of me figure out what that was and what it was suppose to mean, but kewl0210 and others at another forum explained to me that it is a skull:
I'm told that it is meant to be a memento mori, which means "remember your mortality". It is a technique known as anamorphic perspective and was supposedly popular among Baroque painters. Check out this painting called The Ambassadors for reference:
I think it is so very interesting that the mangaka would include something like this.
Yeah the precise amount of money isn't that important after all, but it's good to have a scaling imo. It's a huge difference after all and Mori doesn't earn that much (or at least didn't do until so far).
That thing about Mori saying that he couldn't trust anyone anymore indeed was shocking for his developement. Yet I can't believe that he really ment it 100% seriously. At least to his employer/professor he seemed to have a very good relationship, and we even saw him smiling a couple of times in the latest parts. I hope for your idea too that that student girl will give him some confidence again.
I really wondered about that streak, too! Nice to know what it is after all, I thought "wtf, flying rock?". Kinda chose to ignore that without lookint at it further, what a mistake.
Ch. 106 was weird indeed, but I liked it
Very symbolic about the relation to women, imo the chapter was very well done though. It was easy to follow even though it was so abstract.
I think the symbolism and images he sometimes throw in often serve the purpose of symbolizing the feeling of a mountain track in a way "townsfolk" can understand. When Mori was climbing that japanese mountain and steadily thinking of K2 for example ("Now I would have to dodge an avalanche!"), he was shown standing on a broad street surrounded by big cars and trucks for a few pages, with a truck heading right at Mori. Probably to give us an idea of the extreme force, fear and noise and stuff of an avalanche heading right your way when you're trying to climb.
Obviously there is deeper symbolism than that, but I just remembered this one first. Such comparison of mountains to cities occurs a few times in the manga.
I also liked the scene when Mori saw that woman who tried to make a move on him as a praying mantis. Probably shows both his disgust and fear (a huge ugly bug and his fear of females - after all the female mantis is known to eat her sex partners)
Yet, after all it can be a little difficult to keep track of different timelines and symbolic scenes thrown in. Sometimes we are at two or three timelines at once and then get a symbolic scenes like that on this street inserted
Sometimes I think I read such manga too fast. I'm a focussed reader (no music or stuff) so I can usually keep track quite well, but sometimes I just think "damn are you stupid? How couldn't you notice that earlier?" to myself. The irony of that 32 yr old doctor for example, who dies on the northern alps when running into the avalanche. If I got it right, he had hallucinations of his dead friend's father chasing him, who on the other hand chased him to get more information about his son's death - leading to the only one knowing what happend living in paranoia and dying of it. (Or his mental condition was the cause of that accident to begin with, but I think there's no hint on that)
Was he even a doctor or do I just hallucinate that? I think he was shown in a brief flashback as a doctor who seemed kind of sociophobic (rather playing on a handheld than bothering with patients). I hope I can find that chapter again, I don't remember it very well.
All that stuff revolving around Mori's teammates was really nice imo. I wonder if we might see that old co-leader guy again, he might've survived, right? I really liked Ch. 81/82, "Niimi Taku's Lonelines" and "Nighthawk". Pretty poetic almost, and nicely done. Niimi was a cool character.
(had great panels: -1 -2 -3 -4 -5)
What I also noticed is that Kokou no Hito often shows sequences of pictures which follow the structure of the mind, how people think or how their eyes move and what they observe.
An example for latter case: Ch. 100
The confusing/chaotic stuff I mean with "like people think" seems to be mainly incorporated in the structure of storytelling. When there are several timelines at once plus those dream/imagination/symbolic scenes in between - that's pretty much showing Mori's mind from the inside I think. After all, thoughts are poorly structured and can be quite chaotic.
On a small side note: Damn, I feel personally insulted After I read the last chapter, some stupid side tried to give me advice what manga could be similar... "Category: Drama. One Piece"
What a comparison, Shonen li la lollypop world against this type of depressing and dark serious drama
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 01, 2011 at 12:49 PM.
Well, after marathoning translating this series once again, I got volume 13 done in under 24 hours. Now... I'm on to issue scans. Woo... If you wanna keep up with the story as I translate it, I always posted the high-res volume raws I scanned in the first chapter of each volume.
Glad to see some people here are discussing it here, too. I took it upon myself to scan and translate this manga because I loved it when I read it.
I usually remember everything I translate, but I don't recall where they were talking about money amounts. Mori lost the money that was given to him to cover expenses at the top of Mount Fuji at the weather station. The money is his bank account wasn't affected because he had his wallet on him, however that was only 800,000. He was so ashamed of what happened he didn't tell anyone and just went on like it hadn't happened. Using his own money and wages to make up for it, to the point where he got drastically underweight. I dunno how much has been covered in what's scanlated though. If there's somewhere that's not consistent I could double-check the raws. I know in one of those chapters I wrote "after college graduation" instead of "after high school graduation".
Also, the effects of what happened with Takemura in 106 don't become clear until the last few chapters that came out in YJ.
I did an explanation of Kunieda's story here I think people found clear:
Last edited by kewl0210; February 01, 2011 at 09:23 PM.
Ah thanks for that summary about Kunieda, I didn't want to read it all over again only for that one character so soon after having it read the first time
Helped me to sum up the fragments I still remembered, totally forgot about the girlfriend thing. Perhaps his paranoid character was the cause of everything what happened to Kunieda then, and not the result (though it certainly became much worse after the event).
About the money on his bank account: Yeah obviously it wasn't stolen. I just mentioned it, because after the university money was lost he thought something like "I still got 800k on my bank account which I'll have to fully spend" (which is ~7100 €/almost 10.000$ - with such a job like he had that must've ment a long long time of saving).
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 02, 2011 at 08:53 AM.
Wow it's crazy how much progress there is in these chapters, and great that four were released at once
Btw, there's nothing known about Buntarou's parents, is there? I just wondered. All there has been shown about them is that his mother once left him a note at home that she went out early, but other than that there hasn't been a single appearance or sign of them. So all we can know is that his mother is alive, but nothing beyond that. Kinda weird imo.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 04, 2011 at 09:03 AM.
I don't recall any information given about his family. Maybe that will be a future plot line. I wouldn't mind seeing a flashback of Mori's childhood to see why he turned out the way he did.
It might've been a concurrent though, that perhaps his parents weren't able to detect what's going on with Buntarou. Maybe it was Mizuki and his suicide who had more influence on him, after all Buntarou probably was different before that. He really seemed to have a friend in Mizuki, and after the suicide it appeared like he didn't have any friends at all anymore.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 04, 2011 at 09:37 AM.
After realising that I was totally unable to conclude Kunieda's fate on my own, even I think that I have to re-read it (just five days or so after picking up the series ^^)
For a more complex work like this it can't be bad at least. There were too many details to grasp them all in the speed of a first read for me.
Reading a story a second time always makes a lot of things appearing clearer.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 04, 2011 at 10:09 AM.
Yeah, the very same panel with cross was already used once, I'm quite sure of it. But tbh I don't remember the context
I'm not sure if this is about a burden... or perhaps it could be, it just didn't appear to me. I thought of the christian salvation aspect rather than of it beeing a burden, but obviously carrying a cross (to a place of crucification) isn't positive in itself.
Perhaps it is his fear? Of facing her, when she awakes? After all he's always trying to avoid people. It possibly could be both then: Carrying his cross -her- to face his fears, but ultimately gaining salvation from that. That would be very similar to the bible story as well I think, so perhaps this could be a valid explanation.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 04, 2011 at 10:40 AM.