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23909Re: Some (untidy) thoughts on Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabibito

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  • crimsonlotus20
    Nov 6, 2007
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      Come on, that's below the belt: what does Terry Pratchett have to do
      with Yuri?


      --- In Yuricon@yahoogroups.com, "Ellen Kuhfeld" <ellen@...> wrote:
      > I would call it, perhaps, bookspace. And I'd only accept it were
      there an
      > Orangutan to serve as Librarian.
      > Oook - Ellen Rose
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Yuricon@yahoogroups.com]On
      Behalf Of
      > crimsonlotus20
      > Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 6:19 PM
      > To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Yuricon] Some (untidy) thoughts on Yami to Boshi to Hon no
      > Tabibito
      > I know Erica panned the plot in her review on Okazu, but, allow
      me to
      > play Devil's Advocate and see if there is anything to salvage. It
      > occurred to me that the Library theme was actually rather
      > intelligent. It has been a post-modernist fixation, shared by the
      > writer Borges and philosophers such as Vattimo, that the entire
      > edifice of human thought is a massive library, stretching out into
      > infinity. People's stories are constantly read and re-read and no
      > book is ever the same after having been read more than once. That
      > re-interpreting an already interpreted story is yet another leap
      > the 'original' reality.
      > In this way, Yamibou does something to convey the feebleness of
      > mortal life (Hazuki herself, who struggles vainly against the
      > of the Universe) and the redemptive power of attachments that can
      > transcend interpretation and become universal forces onto
      > I align myself with those fans of the series who found the ending
      > rather touching. There is an almost Ganymede-like quality in
      > (who, to the best of my knowledge, is a semi-divine being)
      > her attachment to Hazuki in the only way which is cosmically
      > feasible: that is, ensuring that her next avatar in Hazuki's
      > particular book (ie. plane of existence) is born out of the woman
      > loves.
      > This integrates something of a Gnostic/pseudo-Christian element.
      > Obvious pregnancy motifs aside, when Hatsumi is away, Lilith
      > like a sort of capricious, flawed Demiurge. Her name, in and of
      > itself, reflects the rather ambiguous nature of her role
      > In the end, when one takes a meta-narrative key to the plot, the
      > series is rather enjoyable, inasmuch as it echoes some of
      > much cherished myths. There is something quite powerful
      about 'taking
      > the plunge' against an unfathomable and uncaring universe for
      > one loves. It becomes a Classical descent into the Underworld
      and, in
      > terms of conceptual vision, is not bad at all for being an anime
      > based on an H-game.
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