Anonymous asked: Yet *another* month without a Loveless chapter. Seriously, how has her editor not murdered her yet?! If I were the magazine editor, I would have threatened to cancel the story and not publish any more of her stuff until she got me half a year's chapters in advance!
I totally understand the feeling, but I guess what’s saving her is that she isn’t exactly a nobody. She was the first Zerosum mangaka to get an anime for her series and then for long years, she had the strongest sales for a Zerosum series, only rivaled by Minekura Kazuya, and even though now her popularity (and I guess her sales) are on the wane, her name on the cover as well as her other high-exposure gigs as chara-designer or scenarist still get new readers to check out the magazine or to keep buying it. I guess it’s just a question of Ichijinsha having more to lose by dropping her series altogether than by her being semi-active (especially when Minekura is on hiatus for health reasons), and eight pages every other month aren’t exactly a strain on their publishing schedule anyway. For all we know, it’s maybe even her editor who doesn’t want her to go on hiatus, though imho, Kouga Yun just has writer’s block and too many other series at the same time.
The ending of chapter 121 could actually be a nice transition back to Soubi and the battle he’s an unwilling participant in… but with Valentin’s day around the corner, we are just as liable to get another extra. Regarding that chapter, I’m also not sure if I’m…
I think Hitomi worries enough about Ritsuka, we see a lot of that through various chapters. Truth be said, it’s not easy to care more about your students’ lives than your own. Being alone at her age when she clearly is not satisfied with it is not very easy either, you know. Also, my mom is a teacher and sometimes she tells me about some incredibly horrible situations her students go through. One of her students had his baby brother be killed by his own father’s hands (literally the hands. He pulled his legs apart and tore the baby), for example. She worries about her students a lot but there’s a limit to how much she involves herself with the situation and, without a doubt, her personal life is still her priority. I don’t think it makes her a despicable person, but rather a human being who has to keep her personal life a priority in order not to go insane.
If Hitomi kept thinking about Ritsuka’s life all the time and managed to save him from the abuse it’d rather make her an exceptionally altruistic character, I think. Even more so because I get the feeling through Loveless that in (Loveless’) Japan they have this idea of not meddling into family business to the point of not intervening when stuff like child abuse happens. Well, this is how I see it anyway
Regarding your mother’s student, wow, seriously, what’s wrong with some people and why do they decide to have offspring of their own? I think I need a drink.
But actually, I wasn’t at all implying that Hitomi shouldn’t have a life of her own before she solves every single problem plaguing those around her, but Hitomi, oppositely to the real life situation that your mother went through where I suppose cops and social workers were involved from the start, is in a slightly different place in that she’s the only one who has noticed the abuse and realized it was problematic, but until now failed to do anything about it. (And yes, I’m aware about the conservative social attitudes toward abuse in Japan, but Hitomi seems to have recognized that Ritsuka has a problem and that she should/could do something about it.) So I don’t want her to worry herself sick over it or to single-handedly save Ritsuka; I just hope that she gets herself together to take a single decisive action, be it visiting Misaki or calling the child protection services or even recognizing that she’s powerless in this situation and coming to terms with that in some way, and I want this precisely because she was described to us as someone who cares very much about her students. Only paying lip-service to how a good and caring person she thinks she is or only caring about her students when the going is easy would make her a bit of a hypocrite (but also be a very penetrating insight about how some people react in this kind of situation), just as finding the energy and gumption to send a (rather inane) email to an almost unknown man, and a man she got to know through Ritsuka with that, but not to go see Misaki a second time after running away out of fear would. I get that speaking to people can be scary, I totally get it, but wouldn’t knowing that someone is suffering and that you can try to help, but then having to give up on him even worse of a threat to the mental health of a non-sociopathic person?
So when I said “supposed to hate,” I really meant it as question rather than the expression of a personal sentiment. I’m really wondering if Kouga Yun intends to paint Hitomi as someone of intensely likeable like Ritsuka or Kio, or someone who, while not wholly bad, isn’t really good either, like Katsuko-sensei, and I think that an altruism that borders on heroism is actually what defines Kio or Ritsuka for me— not a heroism based on explosions, car chases and gun fights like in action movies, but a heroism coming from doing their utmost within the limits of their meager abilities and possibilities. It’s not realistic and maybe not even healthy, but I do see it as admirable.
(And about your other comment, Berserk fans have something like 40 volumes and a few completed arcs to make them wait when Loveless fans have only more mysteries on their hands and a plethora of new interesting characters that deserve their own turn in the spotlight. And we are so close, yet so damn far from the ending too…)
The ending of chapter 121 could actually be a nice transition back to Soubi and the battle he’s an unwilling participant in… but with Valentin’s day around the corner, we are just as liable to get another extra. Regarding that chapter, I’m also not sure if I’m supposed to find Hitomi’s attempts to find love cute or to hate her because she seems more worried about her love life than Ritsuka’s abuse—she even promised Soubi to do something about it, but to no avail.