Fujoshi Fangirl Party 03 : NEON GINZA PARADISE

Introduction Yao

Yao

The ultimate MC

Introduction Rina

Rina

Steeped in the world of yaoi since elementary school

Introduction Bexy

Bexy

A true fujoshi down to her bones

Introduction Murata

Murata

Has no recollection of a pre-fujoshi self

Introduction Yoshino

Yoshino

Has an ability to sense fellow fujoshi in the air

Yao

Yao

Let's start with our favorite scenes. Rina, spill!

Rina

Rina

I actually read all of it in English, so I don't know the exact lines in Japanese...

Yao

Yao

No biggie! Fangirling knows no borders! Language differences shall not stop us. Besides, everyone speaks English, right?

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Rina

Rina

"No woman... could replace you!" stabbed me a little. In the heart. I loved it!

Yoshino

Yoshino

That! That one! It killed me too!

Yao

Yao

Right before Takahiko goes off to war... he just bares his heart... since they might not see each other ever again.

Yoshino

Yoshino

I liked the "I wish they bombed us right here and now" part. Ouch.

Rina

Rina

And we can't see his face at that moment... *clutches her heart*

Yao

Yao

I think this kind of line works exactly because of the setting of the story. It's wartime, and the catastrophe is impending. It's not that Aoi wishes death on either of them - he's so unhappy that he yearns for a release, he wants that one moment to be frozen in time. You can really feel his desperation in those words.

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Murata

Murata

I liked the lieutenant a lot so the second half offered me lots of eye-candy...

Yoshino

Yoshino

Personally, I also liked him a lot. The lieutenant could get it!

Murata

Murata

Like when he was swinging his feet, all bored, and complained that Japanese people make really long speeches. I was surprised by his playfulness that wasn't immediately visible if you just looked at his cool face!

Yao

Yao

And when he asked Aoi if "he looked that scary to kids".

Murata

Murata

He was actually worried about that, bless his heart. What a good egg.

Yoshino

Yoshino

Such a good guy! And he always tried to help Aoi out.

Murata

Murata

Plus, when he got turned down, he just backed off quietly.

Yao

Yao

I love it when the lieutenant got angry - he didn't even try to hide it, just let it all show on his face. Rather than stewing in anger and causing trouble, he popped a vein and gritted his teeth.

Rina

Rina

From the lieutenant's point of view, the person he likes is being approached by his good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend who clearly has nothing but ulterior motives.

Yoshino

Yoshino

Of course you'd get worried, right? Go, lieutenant Walter!

Murata

Murata

When books almost fell down on top of Aoi, he squeezed him so tight and protected him! Aww!

Yao

Yao

What is this? Does everyone have the hots for lieutenant Walter or what?

Rina

Rina

The lieutenant actually looks more like the bottom type to me!

Murata

Murata

I guess Aoi must have known his feelings, no? When he was bracing himself to say no to the lieutenant's offer, he was ready to quit. He was steeling himself for the consequences of shooting his superior down.

Yao

Yao

Back then, it was virtually impossible to go against your superior's orders. Since he was about to do that, it was obvious he must have also been prepared to quit. In that sense, I think he didn't fully realize the lieutenant's feelings.

Murata

Murata

Oh my god! Can the lieutenant get any more perfect!? But there are no superiors as nice as him in real life!

Yoshino

Yoshino

Sshh!! You can't just say that!

Yao

Yao

I'll tell on you~ I'll tell your boss ^^

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

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Yoshino

Yoshino

I love the scene where they walk around Ginza together.

Yao

Yao

Since the reason they both enjoyed their Ginza walks was because the other was there... because they were together!

Murata

Murata

It didn't even necessarily have to be Ginza at all.

Yoshino

Yoshino

As long as it was someplace shiny! (LOL)

Yao

Yao

I feel like it was just symbolic. In today's terms it would be Tokyo Tower.

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Yao

Yao

The juxtaposition of Ginza's bright lights and the destruction of war was really good. In this manga, space and surroundings played a big part in showing the characters' state of mind.

Yoshino

Yoshino

The old and new Ginza left a deep impression on me.

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Murata

Murata

Oh, I also loved the female character, Sayuri.

Yoshino

Yoshino

She wasn't just "there"; she was a full-fledged character with her own story and adorable quirks.

Yao

Yao

That reminds me of the scene where Takahiko came back home but was unable to go search for Aoi... but he longed to see him so bad that he kept mumbling Aoi's name in his sleep.

Murata

Murata

Seriously! He should have just gone to get him! (# ゚Д゚)

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Murata

Murata

I found all side characters to be really nice and kind people. In other manga, they usually only exist to wreak havoc on the main couple's relationship and stir trouble.

Yoshino

Yoshino

No one tried to break them apart and instead they just cheered Takahiko and Aoi on.

Yao

Yao

I guess it's because the biggest obstacle, the war, was already firmly in place so to balance things out, other elements of the story had to be more peaceful. Otherwise the readers would have suffered too much.

Rina

Rina

I'm a fan of the scene near the start where Aoi hits Takahiko. And Takahiko's loving it!

Murata

Murata

I was like, get hit more! Get smacked!

Everyone

Everyone

(LMAO)

Bexy

Bexy

I liked that first argument they had. Aoi spent two years pining, all in pain, and then Takahiko just turns up out of the blue, bearing candy as a peace offering. Of course he would get hit.

Murata

Murata

It was sweet of them to give the candy away to neighborhood kids as well.

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Rina

Rina

Oh... and the sex scenes were... very tasteful.

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Yoshino

Yoshino

They were actually emotional! Filled with love!

Murata

Murata

It's great to see sex scenes that are a natural continuation (or consequence... ) of a love story up to that point.

Yoshino

Yoshino

Their expressions were so good.

Murata

Murata

Expressions and other bits...

Yoshino

Yoshino

It's because their feelings were mutual...

Bexy

Bexy

That's right! That is not to say that the sex scenes aren't erotic. Quite to the contrary! It's just that they're not JUST porn.

Yao

Yao

Two birds with one stone. Okay, next up are the scenes that moved you!

Rina

Rina

Where the bottom is wallowing in angst... he's a bit of a dumbass that way, though.

Yao

Yao

Why are you insulting him all of a sudden!?

Rina

Rina

Aoi was trying to convince himself that he was fine with Takahiko playing around as long as, at the end of the day, he came back home to him... He was worried that if he confessed, Takahiko would just run away instead.

Yoshino

Yoshino

He wanted to tell him so bad, but he just couldn't...

Murata

Murata

Poor baby...

Yoshino

Yoshino

If you think about it, he went years without having his feelings properly acknowledged and reciprocated.

Murata

Murata

Right, and then he was agonizing over the possibility that Takahiko only slept with him because it was wartime...

Yao

Yao

So pure-hearted... By the way, why are you drinking out of two paper cups stacked together? (We are well-fed and hydrated during the Fujoshi Talk. Everyone knows hungry fujoshi are a danger to society).

Rina

Rina

I noticed it a while ago but it was too late...

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Bexy

Bexy

I obviously love the characters, but also the background and the cityscape. Tokyo was burnt down to the ground during the war and when I think about what it looks like now... Of course, similar things happened all over the world, but it's almost unbelievable how much changed over the last 70-80 years.

Yao

Yao

Don't make me cry!

Bexy

Bexy

And at that point, Takahiko comes back to Tokyo and they head out to Ginza together. However, Ginza is no longer the place it used to be before the war. It looks completely different now, too.

Yao

Yao

The story shows the sadness around the destroyed city but also hope. Like when Takahiko assures Aoi that soon "the flashy Ginza that never sleeps will be back".

Bexy

Bexy

I felt a pang in my heart when he said that.

Yao

Yao

I wanna cry (actually crying).

Murata

Murata

I love Sayuri and all the scenes she's in. Especially the one where she gets the letter from her husband.

Yoshino

Yoshino

That was so good!

Yao

Yao

It would have been a great scene in any other manga as well. We never get to see the husband's face, but in that short moment, we learn what his and Sayuri's relationship was like, and the friendship between him and Takahiko.

Yoshino

Yoshino

You can tell she used to hold the reins...

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Murata

Murata

I was really shocked and moved when we got to hear the real reason why Takahiko decided to become an actor. That conversation where Sayuri told him, "If this person has moved, you'll 'act' like you've got no regrets and smile". And if you reread their reunion scene knowing that, it really changes your perspective. Takahiko really was acting!

Yao

Yao

Ah... Don't you just love proper stories where foreshadowing and continuity work well? Speaking of proper stories, since we're not discussing lighthearted porn today, everyone's quieter and some people's eyes are suspiciously shiny...

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

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Yoshino

Yoshino

I'm really bent on the scenes where the two of them just walk around Ginza together. The darkened city where the lights have disappeared and then, brilliantly sparkling streets echo the state of their relationship at different points in the story.

Yao

Yao

The desolate Ginza was a symbol of the dark future awaiting them, with the war looming in the distance. Okay, next up!

Yoshino

Yoshino

I want to talk about the reason behind Takahiko not returning to Aoi immediately...

Rina

Rina

Ahhh...

Yoshino

Yoshino

He'd been a slippery dude before experiencing the horrors of the war, and after the whole ordeal he must have felt terribly empty inside.

Yao

Yao

I believe that was why he never returned the letters. Thinking that he might die the following day, he couldn't irresponsibly promise to come back or confess his love. If he did, and then something happened to him, Aoi would have been bound to him forever. Takahiko must have felt it better for Aoi to cut their ties completely and get him to look for happiness elsewhere.

Rina

Rina

Oh, man! My dude!! You're so not the one to decide that!! I swear I've seen this play out in a thousand different manga and it gets me each time. Whether you're "right" for someone or not... the other person decides that! Not you!! Argh!!

Everyone

Everyone

(LMAO)

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Murata

Murata

The last scene! Where... (Beep! Beep! Beep! Spoiler alert activated!)

Yoshino

Yoshino

Ahhh... !

Rina

Rina

You can't just say that.

Yao

Yao

Gotta censor what she just let slip.

Yoshino

Yoshino

I'm sorry, guys! We have to get you to read it for yourselves.

Yao

Yao

Last but not least! It's time to give a shout-out to Takahiko! Get on the grill, boy.

Murata

Murata

He was a dumbass.

Yao

Yao

Huh!? No sugar-coating there.

Rina

Rina

Usually people wouldn't wait that long!

Murata

Murata

If it wasn't Aoi, it would have ended quite differently...

Yoshino

Yoshino

But I liked that he was trash!!

Yao

Yao

Same here.

Murata

Murata

If Takahiko hadn't returned his feelings eventually, Aoi would have spent all those years in vain.

Yao

Yao

True. Although Aoi didn't explicitly state his feelings for the first 50 or so pages, you could clearly tell that he was in love with Takahiko. If all that ended in a disaster... Poor Aoi.

Murata

Murata

I understand that Takahiko didn't want to get hurt, but shouldn't he put Aoi first? Don't you think!?

Yao

Yao

Since I know you prefer Aoi, I won't even attempt to contradict you.

Yoshino

Yoshino

No, I believe Takahiko did actually think it through! And his conclusion was, "what if Aoi's better off without me?".

Rina

Rina

Sooo selfish.

Murata

Murata

He was just covering his ass. By being an ass!

Yao

Yao

Harsh~

Yoshino

Yoshino

He just made the mistake of trying to rationalize his feelings and act according to logic.

Yao

Yao

I don't think his actions have anything to do with logic. His entire life is about his selfishness and his ideals. If you think about it, he approaches everything the same way - head-on and exactly like he wants to. He acts that way when it comes to his family and war duty. If he doesn't like something about a movie, he won't star in it. But despite his clear convictions, his rash behavior doesn't work on Aoi. He just can't control his feelings! That's the most vulnerable we see him.

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Yoshino

Yoshino

I think I get it...

Murata

Murata

When you mentioned that, it occurred to me that he was just drinking to get some liquid courage...

Yao

Yao

Yep!

Murata

Murata

The coward!

Yao

Yao

If you pay attention to what he does rather than his words or expressions, it's pretty easy to see what he's thinking. He wants to play it cool and show off to the person he likes - that's the way he's decided to live his life. There's only a handful of moments when he actually says what's on his mind. On the other hand, Aoi is a person who expresses himself with words and wants his feelings known. Takahiko prefers his actions to speak for him. When that kind of guy gets drunk... hehehe... it's very cute.

Murata

Murata

They're a great match as far as the story goes, but in real life I just couldn't hang with a dude like that.

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Murata

Murata

It's all good if they're happy together! But they should work on their communication skills!

Everyone

Everyone

(LOL)

Yao

Yao

Any comments from Rina?

Rina

Rina

Dumbass... (whisper)

Yao

Yao

And from Yoshino?

Yoshino

Yoshino

Lieutenant Walter, I hope you have a happy life!

Yao

Yao

Bexy?

Bexy

Bexy

I love this manga...

Yao

Yao

Thank you all! See you next time!

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