Srsly, am I the only one who’s squicked the fuck out by the concept of Loveless and has been since day one? I mean, I was actually surprised it wasn’t hugely controversial when it first came out because IT’S A FUCKING COLLEGE-AGE GUY WITH A 12 YEAR-OLD. Like what the Christ, everyone was just all LOL KAWAII YAOI TEEHEE and it felt like I was the only one being all WTF IS THIS PEDO BULLSHIT.
And like, it’d be one thing if it portrayed the relationship as legitimately sleazy and the old guy as a pedo who ultimately had to pay for his actions, etc, but everything I’ve seen is that it’s just TEEHEE FORBIDDEN KAWAII LUVS LOL BUTTSECKS TEEHEE. No, just, no D:
Also having cat ears at the same time as having human ears is retarded, just sayin’.
I don’t know how far into the manga you actually read (unless you only saw the anime, which would explain your distaste)- but there is a lot more to the story than what you implied. One of the underlying themes is the concept of innocence and what it means to be evil, and it’s explored pretty thoroughly. It’s also stated by Soubi in the very first chapter that he is not, in fact, turned on by children- and if you were to read up even until volume 4, (with further explanations in volume 8) you would see the reasons for his ‘pedo’ behavior are not so clear-cut and dry. While one cannot condone his actions- he has never gone further than a kiss, and clearly does not intend to. As a character, it is acknowledged that Soubi has a contorted view of what it means to love and be loved- and he has virtually no knowledge of how to give affection appropriately. That said, Yun Kouga has never glorified the subject of pedophilia, diving deep into the mentality of what that kind of abuse can do to a peron- she has, in my opinion, presented these issues with care.
It is generally the fault of a good portion of the fanbase, rather than the story itself, that gives Loveless such a bad reputation in the anime and manga community. Many fans cannot see past the ‘yaoi’ aspect of the manga and let the more important themes introduced in later chapters roll right over their head. Unfortunately many people never read past the first few chapters- and thus do not realize that the things that unsettled them, were meant to unsettle them.
As for the ear thing- I don’t believe the purpose of two sets of ears was in any way meant to make sense anatomically- but rather to serve a metaphorical and emotional purpose to the story. Set in a world where magic is real and people can bend reality with words- there is not much room for logic, and you have to look at the other elements of the story instead. At its core, Loveless is not a glorified yaoi-fest littered with pedos and buttsex (in fact there hasn’t even been a single sex scene to this day) but rather a study of what it means to be damaged as a person- and how to heal from that damage.
Where Polymethodic says exactly what I wanted to say all along, but she does it way better than me.
I just want to point out that those themes are pretty important to understand Soubi as a character:One of the underlying themes is the concept of innocence and what it means to be evil, and it’s explored pretty thoroughly.
because Soubi is a gray character who despite everything that he has gone through is still innocent in many ways because he has never known true love, and who despite doing bad things isn’t evil himself because everything is summed up in a reason. Or is it?
do you ever just sit back and think to yourself:
“jesus fuck when did i become so obsessed with gay sex?”
M= Matsuo [Gintama Editor]
S= Sorachi-sensei [The wannabe cheeseburger]
F= Fujita [The anime director for Gintama]
M: Well, is that why the voice actors always have to say some crude lines? (lol) Speaking of which, you’ve also voiced for Gintama, haven’t you?
S: I didn’t want to. I was tricked into putting my voice out there.
M: Wait, what happened? (lol)
S: The anime staff asked if I wanted to visit the recording studio. I was really interested, so I went with my first editor.
M: That’d be Oonishi-san, right?
S: Yeah. So when I was at the recording studio, they suddenly said, “Since you’re here, why don’t you record a couple lines?” Why do I have to voice my own lines?
M: It’s really sudden. (lol) You didn’t object?
S: It wasn’t a situation where I could object. Everyone was looking at me with an expression that said “You will, right?” Then my editor patted my shoulder and said, “Sorachi-kun, looks like you have to.” I was tricked. Adults are dirty. So I decided that I’ll never go to the recording studio ever again.
M: Do you have anything to say to the representative of the anime staff, Director Fujita?
S: Sorry I revealed your divorce in the last episode.
M: …Hey, that wasn’t sincere at all! That was completely cruel.
M:Well, do you have anything to say to Sorachi-sensei?
F: Nothing specifically. He revealed my divorce in the last episode, so if I get my hands on something about him, I’ll reveal it in the anime.
I guess many of you know this already, but this anonymous scanlation group has scanlated Sora to Hara (Harasen’s own story) and the doukyusei/sotsugyosei fanbook extras. So if you haven’t, go and download these!! I’m so happy about this, I hope you guys are too, hehe (*//w//*♥
Please take care everyone!
pd: would you like me to post links to online ver/dl links to other Nakamura-sensei mangas? Reply below, thanks!!
also screaming because the black tabloid I ordered finally came in
it is way SMALLER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE??
I mean I’m still happy about it but I’m like I PAID HOW MUCH FOR THIS—
Also it didn’t have the pages I want in it— I’ve bought The Final Record and the Black Tabloid KuroII books and I still can’t find the one that’s got like:
these pages in it, and others— but I’ll just do some research and make another purchase. I’d like all the KuroII books eventually anyway, so no biggy.
They’re from the Japanese special edition dvds. The first 2 are from the character design booklet included with disc 4. Season 2 has 9 dvds but only 6 ovas. The 3 discs without ovas come with bonus booklets. Aniplex had to give us something to justify the $75 per disc price tag, lol.
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