Yeah, maybe reading it practically in one sitting gave me a different perspective, but I didn't see the overall plot as a priority. A natural progression is there of course, but it was more a sum of various individual, and sometimes loosely connected, parts than the point. To juxtapose it with Vagabond, which will go off on tangents but will ultimately return to and serve the main goal, Real seems more like a series of tangents by Inoue (sometimes to the point of interrupting himself), from which main goals have developed. It certainly seems to be the case in the episodes beyond volume 7, and not an unwelcome development. I don't know though, I literally read it through one time in the last 24 hours, so you tell me if I sound like it.Walter said:I just got really into 7 because it's a payoff after volumes of buildup. It's their first big game, and several plot lines begin to converge within the game. Also, the characters have begun to be comfortable around each other, which is nice after all the initial awkwardness.
Yeah, I liked him early on, and if anyone's looking for Musashi and Kojiro, look no further than Togawa and Takahashi.Walter said:It's also the first volume where I realized that Nomiya is very similar, in both personality and looks, to Takuan.
I can imagine it seeming unfocused and frustrating if one were to read it over the course of years. I mean, that struck me reading it in a matter of hours, it just wasn't a bad thing in that time frame.Walter said:I had actually started to doubt the series for a while, and now I'm left wondering why I had doubted it.
Yeah, I really enjoy all his scenes, and actually, if there's a character I resent a little, it's Nomiya because he can walk and is sort of a traditional able-bodied main character. Though he's very effective in the ensemble, it made me think, "Did we still really need that for this story to work?" I know, my recognition of, and prejudice against, him being different is all kinds of ironic. We're all human.Walter said:Regarding the spoiler you posted above, I think that's what we're supposed to think, but yeah he's got a long way to go. And I'm fairly sure his character is one of the main reasons Inoue wrote this: as a no-holds-barred way to enlighten the public with all the things paraplegics go through, in addition to their physical disabilities.
Well, I didn't say he wasn't disabled, just not physically.Walter said:He may be able-bodied, but he has his own challenges in trying to find his place in the world. The others around him have no trouble with that. But Nomiya is socially crippled.
See what I did there?
Word.Despite his success, he continues to push himself as an artist, a view reflected in the poem he added to a volume of "Vagabond":
The more I draw
The more progress I make
The clearer I see the things I lack.
http://www.itplanning.co.jp/reale.html said:This time, my staff was teaching a workshop in Kumamoto, and they had to
fly out there before the last few pages were done. So I finished them
myself. Inking the colors didn't require much thought so it was a stress
reliever. But I didn't like doing the tones that came afterward... which
I rediscovered. It was fun.
23 August 2010