Archive for September, 2011

September 27, 2011

Manga Pages: Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori volumes one and two

Reading Shinohara Chie‘s twenty-eight volume epic, Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori is a hell of a way to bust my shoujo cherry. I have very little experience with shoujo manga—the ones I tried to read I found disorienting and hard to follow. I could be wrong, but my experience with shoujo has given me the impression that the stories move at a much faster pace than most shounen and seinen manga, and that visual orientation between panels takes a backseat to the beauty of the characters shown in the panel, often accentuated by intense flowery backgrounds. Those things are mostly true of (what I will henceforth refer to as) Anatolia Story, although there aren’t many flowers.

An aspect of Anatolia Story which particularly interests me is how the story is intensely physical. Particularly, the main character, Yuuri, spends a lot of time getting grabbed, carried, groped, injured, and thrown around, to an extent that is clearly purposeful. The intensity all begins after Yuuri’s transportation to ancient Anatolia, but there’s an emphasis on physicality right from the first page.

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