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Monster without a name
Naoki Urasawa’s work, Monster, is published between the years 1994 – 2001, in Big Comic Original magazine, having overall 18 volumes. It is later on adapted into anime series by studio Madhouse, aired in 2004 – 2005. The genre is mystery, psychological horror.
Monster tells the story of a Japanese brain surgeon, Doctor Kenzo Tenma, living in Germany since university. Tenma is respected and loved by people around him because he is extremely skilled and has a cheerful, kind personality. One day, getting tired of the political bias of the hospital he works for in treating its patients, he decides to save a 10-year-old boy rather than the mayor; only to find 9 years later that the boy, Johan, is a psychopath, involved in numerous murders. Fighting with the burning question inside and feeling responsible, he leaves everything behind and sets off on a journey to kill Johan. Imagine you are the doctor and you know the person lying before you, whose life is depending on you, is the reason of mass murders. Would you kill the person or would you save him, thinking it’s not your decision to make no matter what?
Looking at Tenma, his story can only be categorized as a tragedy because what he learned, cannot be forgotten. Furthermore, trying to uncover the truth and desiring to know more only brings distress, depression and unhappiness to Tenma. "All lives are equal." motto is still important to him and in the end Tenma cannot bring himself to kill Johan when he confronts him the second time.
"Why does my heart go doki doki?" The most serious situation in yaoi
Yaoi and shounen-ai genres (also may known as BL-Boy’s Love) depict male/male romantic and/or sexual relationships in manga. Yaoi and shounen-ai have an extremely common trope. When the person initiating the relationship (term for the initiator is ‘seme’) tries to kiss/grope the other party (uke) or force sexual intercourse, the victim of the harrassment blushes and has a throbbing heart inside while externally screaming out "No!" and trying the shove harrasser away. This situation is called ‘romanticised rape’ and is shown in the form of ‘true love’.
In yaoi, with this trope, the tension between the seme and uke is tried to be constructed and when seme acts too possesive, stalks uke and forces kisses or sexual intercourse, it is easily represented as "Loving so much that not being able to control one’s self", however, it should be realised that this is what ‘sexual harrassment’ literally means. Yaoi is a great genre with big potential; sexist clichés used as a plot device only creates the oppressing gender norms and ruins the yaoi’s possibilites to open up a door wich genres like shoujo or josei cannot do easily.
Writer’s note: "Doki" is the Japanese sound corresponding to "thump" in English.
I really like this show, too. As you stated, it is a fresh breath for our overly-stereotypical shojo genre. I still think Rinko and Takeo’s love is sugar coated too much but what the heck, it’s pure and sweet, it is not always the unpredictable that makes you keep watching something but the characters and their interactions during the process itself. : ) Only thing will give me diabeetus is seeing Rinko’s sweets and grabbing the Nutella jar xD.
I really loved watching Psycho-Pass and it was great to read such a detailed and well-put article. Just the point you made about Enforcers made me think. I think rather than Sybil trying to make Inspectors fail, both Enforcers and Inspectors are the most efficient way to deal with the overall situation (you made this point about something else in your article, Sybil chooses the consequences over process itself). System needs a branch to control society’s Psycho-Pass and deal with the ‘extreme’ situations. Of course it’s the dirtiest job of all but system puts effort to bring up the Inspectors and the best way to use their potentials they already have concerning the job is to use them in the same field while keeping them under control. It’s also reasonable because since their Psycho-Pass are already tainted, it will not matter because they are already disposable. Therefore, I do not think they are desirable because they are more free-thinkers than the Inspectors, I also do not deny that thinking out the box doesn’t bring you any advantages but this is not the actual reasoning behind Sybil’s judgement here in my opinion.
Saying that Enforcers are more successful doing their jobs than Inspectors may be the viewer’s opinion and viewer’s own understanding of success because success or ‘judgement’ for Sybil lies in the Dominator, if you pull the trigger in the right time and think nothing else, you are successful enough to maintain public order.
I don’t know why people diss second season this much, I thought it was good and had intriguing questions just as much as the first. Though, since you haven’t watched it, it was irrelevant of me to comment about it. ^^’
Thanks again for the post!
For me, another striking part is (and this is also relevant to Japan), the demand coming from the patients are mostly for their eyelids and/or noses. I have read an article, sadly I cannot cite it now, shows before and after photographs of the patients and you can clearly see that their racial characteristics have vanished and they look more like a ‘Westerner’. Okay, the beauty has a standard but it also has a racial standard too and that is Western beauty. Not being happy about how your nose looks is something but having problems with racial characteristics is another. I think it is also visible in the captions you added in your post.
Thanks for sharing!