With the streak of a tear, Like morning dew
Walter said:Ouch! That is incredibly damning of his passion for the story. I'm trying to imagine Miura saying something similar about Berserk. It'd be heartbreaking.
Yeah, it definitely makes me appreciate Miura's steady consistency even more.
Walter said:It came through in everything. When he came back from hiatus, it was inspiring. He was on fire. I remember it when it was being serialized...
I'm interested in hearing more, but I don't agree with this. The Yoshioka were always a stepping stone for Musashi. From his perspective his rivalry with them was symbolic, not personal. It became personal after he swept through them like a storm. But with Kojiro, even from the beginning there was more to their relationship than with any of the Yoshioka.
I think that was the intention, but just as the Yoshioka arc benefited from Inoue being on fire at the time, the relationship with Kojiro has suffered from Inoue's and series' unevenness, especially lately. Like he's trying to make the Musashi/Kojiro connection this "outstanding" or meaningful thing beyond a mere sword fight, and it was certainly poised to be with the way he set up Kojiro, but for me, between the two of them individually, it always feels awkward and like Inoue is grasping at something that's not quite there yet. I mean, a lot of their rivalry is one sided or second hand (it doesn't help that Kojiro is deaf and mute, even to the audience) with people, such as Ittosai, comparing the two. That doesn't exactly get the personal juices flowing, and has anything between them been as riveting as that chance encounter with Ito? Or Musashi's individual relationships with more practical, relatable opponents like Den, Seijuro, Ueda, or even the ten swords of the Yoshioka?
The Yoshioka became more than just a stepping stone because he's already the renowned Musashi because of them, and basically was after his surprise duel with Seijuro, a gifted sword genius himself, not unlike Kojiro. That was Musashi's coming out party where everything flipped, he wasn't the underdog in over his head nymore, and everyone realized this guy had arrived and was truly different, not just from a year before, but maybe apart from anyone else... except for the almost mystical Kojiro!? It's the final question and should be the point everything is building towards, but in a weird way the overtures towards their showdown is what's felt perfunctory or like an obligation, almost like an afterthought even (Inoue tries to bring it around to that, but can't). Anyway, I feel like it's all building toward Musashi deeply regretting killing Kojiro, because he represents such purity in swordsmanship, the kind that Musashi, and Inoue, are struggling to connect to. Whereas I just want to know how he's going to get even with Ittosai; killing Kojiro? =)
Walter said:Fun to have an active Vagabond thread, even if it's for a somber occasion...
Yeah, even if we're just forcing the issue, I could probably write about any of the above topics at length.