i colored another one!
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Those red eyes of Noe whoah 🤯
The OST is such a gorgeous too!
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Hi, first of all I just wanted to so say thank you so much for all the hard work you put into translations, and coming up with brilliant analyses. I really enjoy reading them.
I wanted to ask whether you have any kind of analysis/theory on Kyouka. Personally I have always wondered why a rabbit/bunny was used alongside her character (more specifically the plushie charm on her phone), and if so what does it symbolise/represent? I would love to hear your take on this…♡
Hi! Thank you so much for sending this ask, as well as your appreciation and support for me(о´∀`о) It is surely very heart warming to see you enjoy reading my post!(*´꒳`*)
I made a four-slide post because I think I will answer the question better with graphic presentation. I wasn’t aware of this reference until you ask me so thank you so much for bringing in this insightful topic to me!
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Vanitas,the Kin of the Vampire of the Blue Moon
[Vanitas no Carte anime pv]
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“He endures that entire tragedy and then still bravely goes on to seek the good and the beautiful.”
Nakajima Atsushi, “On Admiration: Notes by the Monk Wujing” from The Moon over the Mountain and Other Stories
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Noé looks so pretty here 🥺
The new Vanitas no Carte visual is so pretty.
It is also said that there will be 24 episodes.
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Character and language notes
A compilation of impressions I get and notes I’ve mentally made on certain characters when translating them. For each of them, I’m also including a sample dialogue + its original in JP so that those familiar with the language can get a good feel of the way they’re originally speaking.
Focused on characters from the Decay of Angels arc for now, since they’re the ones I’ve dealt with the most: Fyodor, Fukuchi, Teruko, Tachihara, Jouno, Tecchou, Sigma and Bram.
▶ Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
- Speaks juuuust like a japanese language student, with the full and neutral forms we all are taught to use, not many shortenings or very complex forms. Very fitting for his foreigner status, but also seems so distant and mechanical that it can get either usettling or kinda gap moe.
- Think something like an english learner going “I’m very thankful”, which is perfectly correct but a tad stiff, instead of going “cool thanks a bunch”.
- Proper, generic, plain way of speaking, though the content itself is elevated and complex.
“僕は何もしていません。僕はここに座って祈っただけ、祈りは神に通じるのです。” / “Boku ha nanimo shiteimasen. Boku ha koko ni suwatte inotta dake, inori ha kami ni tsuujiru no desu.” / “I’m not doing anything. I have just sat here and prayed, and my prayers have reached god.”
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I just read a theory of yours that you think Marquis Machina could be a twin and I was wondering if you could explain it in more detail.
I don't remember when or where I wrote the theory but I remember what make myself think about it so I can explain the theory.
It all started with a image from memoire 33:
Those tiny feet are seen the second time Marquis Machina appeared in front of Chloé to ask her if she wanted to come with him to the world one step beyond. The costume Machina was wearing that time was a little bizarre; a lot of mechanics parts were outside the dress so I thought too that those tiny pair of feet could be part of the costume, as the hands. But, why 2 pair of feet instead 1? And if they were the real Machina's feet, why tfuck doesnt he wear shoes? XD
Well, that was not enough to make this theory so I started to look for all the information we have about Marquis Machina (not spoiler: its not that much).
Starting with what we can see: the costumes. Until now we have seen 3 of them: the bear, the one inspired in a far east land doll and the submariner (the actual one). All of them are large, unnecessary large. Not only making Chloé seen as small (she is) but even Ruthven, a known tall man, seems to be small in comparison.
This, of course, can be for have more space inside the costume.
And the other thing we can "know" about him its thanks to Veronica (the one that is confirmed to have fuck with Machina) for the Senate's meeting. In this place we can see almost every member of the Senate (8 member + Luca and 2 transcriptionists) but Jun only introduce us 5 of them, the other 3 of them never show the face or say anything relevant in all the meeting sadly.
The 3 circumferences are the unknown members, I am more inclined to think that Machina is the orange one because he is hiding his face (he was extra nervous when Chloé tried to see inside his bear costume an he said he was very shy so hiding his face would fit in character). The last thing we learnt about Machina (not to mention that he knows how to make origami and falls asleep easily) its that he is tiny.
I am more inclined to think that he is like Chloé and stopped his growing in some point that to think he is a small men (because he seems to small to have an adult body).
So, what made my brain after known this facts: tiny body, big costumes and two pair of feet? This theory:
As you can see it is a little mess and I know is not very probable since it is very hard to hide a secret so important to vampires for that much time (only one of them could talk, only one of them could make physical appearances, only one of them have had sex with Veronica, etc.) but I like it for being a mess and very improbable because if it ends happening I will die of laughing.
It has been fun to put all this information together, so a pleasure to answer your question hugoghislain15.
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They both share the same birthday as well ♑
I don’t know if it’s the haircut, the boots or maybe the weapon but there’s something about his character design which gives me big Sailor Saturn vibes.
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how unfortunate you are, to be unable to die
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My interpretation of Beast Dazai
Beast Dazai is a tragic character from his conception.
This image is painful not only because Oda is in front of a man who doesn’t recognise as his friend, but because Beast Dazai speaks to him with total familiarity, convinced he knows him just because he carries the memories of Canon Dazai, some inherited memories of his "other self".
What is the difference between this universe and the others? A sacrificed friendship.
He’s trapped in a reality in which he cannot change the course of things because he was deprived of the tools that could have saved him.
Oda's last words are what keep Canon Dazai alive and probably the same happens in all the other universes. Since there is no such friendship in this universe that conversation never exists neither the boost to find a reason to live which leads him to meet new people.
Beast Dazai is someone condemned to walk the path of darkness, who might also be aware that there are other versions of him living the life he will never reach.
Canon Dazai has friends who would never allow him to die (55 minutes & Dead Apple, for example), Beast Dazai has no one to save him. Canon Dazai lives in a world where Oda is no longer part of it, Beast Dazai leaves a world where Oda is still alive but sacrificing his “meaningless” life, a wrong and sad idea he has because he hasn’t got the opportunity to meet people to help him understand that his life matters.
The end of Beast's Dazai is the end of a person who had the misfortune of carrying someone’s else memoir of having a friend but never experimented friendship by his own.
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How would you rate bsd (like, from 0 to 10)? And is it too dark or sad?
I've been wanting to read it, but I also get reaaaally attached to stories and didn't want to obsess over anything too dark right now.
It's my favorite ongoing manga, but it's not complete yet, so... 9.5/10?
Sooooo, I think BSD is exactly what you might be looking for ;) it is NOT sad at all! Well, okay, it deals with dark themes (namely, recovering from child abuse, but recovery is the main point here). It is very optimistic and hopeful despite not sanitizing the pain the characters have been through; hence, why it's my very favorite. Hopelessness isn't remotely present in it--for any character, and yes, I mean any. Redemption, a message of the importance of living, empathy, and found family are some of its main themes.
Mild, vague spoiler below:
While it's aware of death and doesn't negate its impact on characters, it does not kill off characters. Like, at all.
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Dazai in both his PM & ADA clothes
In Chapter 11, we can see Dazai depicted wearing a combination of both his PM and ADA clothing when Chuuya reminds Dazai of his past as the youngest executive in the history of the Port Mafia. I am aware that he is drawn in a similar way in the Vol 3 contents page, but I will be saving that for another time, as he is accompanied by Akutagawa and Chuuya there and I think it's best to analyze that artwork as a whole.
In regards to Dazai’s outfit here being a mix of his ADA and PM ones, overall I think it was done intentionally to show how even though he’s been in the ADA for the last 2 years and defected from the PM 4 years ago, he can’t get rid of his past.
He may have been able to literally burn the coat (ch 30, p 15) and create an unbelievably clean record (Entrance Exam p 17, Yen Press translation) but his crimes still followed him, covered up or not. Or another way I’d phrase it would be that he may be on the side that saves people and a better person at heart now, but he can’t shake off his past as it still quite literally clings on to him.
Starting with the background, the people and eyes glaring at him could very well be a metaphorical representation of his crimes. For example, it could be some of the people whose deaths he played a part in. It could also be those who were/are supposedly close to him judging him for his decisions and actions as well as how he may likely feel that he is still viewed by society as a monster and "the demonic prodigy of the Port Mafia’s guerrilla squad" (The Heartless Cur, easygoingscans translation) considering that his high intellect alienates him from almost all of society in addition to all of his mafia achievements. After all, he was advised to lay low while his records were made clean for him to even have a chance at being hired by the Agency. For comparison, Fukuzawa’s past occupation isn’t common knowledge to the public and Kyouka’s mafia achievements were an issue at first with her being able to work in the Agency (or really anywhere outside of the mafia).
Moving onto Dazai's overall appearance, he looks all disheveled here, as if both the coat and his own physical and mental states are all falling apart and off of him.
He’s holding onto the coat like he’s not quite ready to let go of it, likely because his time in the PM is crucial to who he is today. After all, that is when and where he (most likely) met and befriended Oda (as far as we can infer based on existing knowledge in Dark Era, novel version included). Through Odasaku, Dazai found someone who truly understood him and was given a reason to both live and to get rid of his ties to the mafia, which the coat literally represents because he received it from Mori.
Fully leaving his past behind him means leaving Oda in the past and moving on from that part of his life entirely. We know that that is one thing he cannot and likely will not do, even if all he is left with now are small mementos and his memories of that time, including at least a couple of moments that he does treasure. We've seen him hold a Lupin matchbox and even pay the bar a visit right before difficult and risky decisions, and think of Oda when thinking of how he has failed both in the past and in the present or just reflecting in general (when talking with Kyouka on the plane in ch 35, at the end of 55 Minutes, at the end of season 3, and when discussing his views on why things happen with Fyodor in ch 77, etc).
Even in this panel alone, his facial expression clearly shows that he is far from pleased to be depicted and referred to this way and we now know that he was at his absolute lowest, mental health-wise, at age 16 during Storm Bringer (at least as far as we currently know of his past). (Creds to @emmacifer for pointing these two details out)
Admittedly, my knowledge for understanding body language is fairly limited, but regardless, look at specifically how and where Dazai is holding onto the coat. His right hand is in his pocket and with his left hand he’s gripping onto what appears to be the area just between the parts of the coat that are in the armpit and lung areas (idk how else to describe it). If you try grabbing your own shirt or jacket in that same spot, you will feel some of the pull on the fabric in your shoulder, almost as if Dazai is trying to create or maybe even recreate this feeling in a more visible way to represent Oda's last words giving him a reason to leave and go towards the side that saves people, or his desire to escape from feeling inhuman. In regards to Dazai having his left hand in his pocket, and because Dazai specifically has his thumb out, that means high confidence (source 2).
(If you do know more about reading body language, I'd love to hear your input on this panel! The stuff about his right hand is purely my own speculation and interpretation vs the part about his left is based on what I read in the linked source)
Coming back now to how he is dressed specifically in this panel, Dazai is wearing his coat/overcoat and bandages from his PM days and his vest, shirt, and pendant that he wears now in the ADA. In other words, he is currently on the side that saves people (the ADA) at heart, but he still wears his past on top of that. The weight of his actions, especially as a PM executive, outweigh his accomplishments under the ADA, especially once his crimes and past do get revealed. He is quite literally wearing the source of his (currently known) pain and suffering on top of everything else because that ultimately did play a large factor in shaping him as a person. Both the countless injuries he's sustained in exchange for his achievements (represented by the bandages) as well as the cause of the mental abuse and manipulation he was subject to under Mori (represented by the coat).
Additional sources and credits:
Meaning of hands in pockets
Meaning of hands in pockets 2 (the one I used)
Huge thank you to Zae, aka BSDiseverything on Twitter for helping to find where Dazai’s demon prodigy nickname is from (I literally reread half of Dark Era by this point and started checking the dark era anime)
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In Japan, there is a "Fox" gesture, which is usually used in photos, and there is one old superstition that if you fold your hands from this gesture and look through the resulting "window", you can see the youkai's and other mysticism, which is hidden from our usual sight.
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BSD anime DVD vol 6 omake (½). Scanned and translated by me.
PLEASE DO NOT REPOST OUT OF TUMBLR.
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@ckjbun don’t be so hard on yourself. Harukawa-sensei did the same in the official art (or maybe not):
Is this an alternative universe or just a mistake? (Illustration from the light novel “Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era”)
Same happens with this sketch from "Beast”:
Art analysis: Bones' official art of Dazai looking up into the light at the end of S1
In the first season of Bungou Stray Dogs, studio Bones included the symbolic imagery of Dazai jumping/commiting suicide from the top of the Port Mafia building to indicate the meaning of him leaving his mafia past and letting himself fall into the new part of his life where he’s trying to become a better person, and they close the episodes with the art of him looking up into a light. I want to focus on the latter art in this analysis, as you can probably already tell by the title.
First of all, when someone looks/squints up into the light and tries to cover it with their hand, they would cover where the light is blinding/too piercing for the eyes. In the art, Dazai is seen to be holding up a hand to block the light but not over his eye area. With the way that the light filters through the gap in his fingers, he is able to see the light clearly. Bungou Stray Dogs uses a lot of imagery/light and dark parallelisms to reference certain notions and it's nothing new that light represents "goodness" and the dark is used to symbolize "unlawful/evil" in this series. Dazai letting himself look at the light though while still trying to block it partially could be saying that although he still has some of his past “darkness” (his mafia past) left in him, he is now looking at/turning to the brighter things that he could do in his life, like saving orphans and being on "the good side."
Second, everyone knows that looking directly into any source of light, whether bright or dull, would hurt your eyes at length. I presume that the light Dazai is looking up into, seeing as it can cast shadows and all, is considerably bright if he has to be holding up his hand to block it. But he is also purposefully staring into it, meaning that he’s looking into something that is hurting him. (There's Kouyou's monologue about how the "light" "burned" her.) Turning to the “good side” could in no way be an easy journey for someone like Dazai, a man feared by the mafia itself. But he is plowing through it. He welcomes the pain that changing to the good side brings along with its goodness, meaning that the journey is a painful one but he exposes himself to it. I'm not saying that he is a good man now, just that he's trying. He is basking in both the sharpness and the warmth that the "light" brings to him, with the raised hand being the only symbolism that he still can't fully handle the brightness of the light but he's looking at it.
This is all just theory/analysis, please don't take my word for it.
Thank you Nika @nikadoesanart and Marisi on discord for confirming that there's no shadow falling into his left eye(the part that we can see) in the art.
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