mjj (flemmings) wrote,

Ima Ichiko makes the gaijin head hurt

As I may have said before. It's not just the ambiguous subject-less, object-less, conversational demotic Japanese-- with, all too often, an unindicated speaker, either someone whose face you can't see or just nobody shown at all. It's that visual decoding that other people (thesis has been proposed: kanji/ hanzi reading people) seem so good at and that defeats me. Kanji/ hanzi readers may note without thinking the difference between two people, exact same features and exact same shape of face, one of whom has bangs that curl up at the right side and the other of whom has bangs that curl down at the left, but I do not. (And if kanji/ hanzi readers are good at this because of early education, then by me the Israelis should be utter shoo-ins because cripes I can't even *see* those vowel-indicating dots in Hebrew.)

So I'm not sure if someone in the first story is happily packing up the family house in the company of someone that she then tells Tsukasa has been dead two months, but that's how it looks to me. Could be her sister. Could be another relative. Other person does disappear from the manga's panels without explanation, but dammit it was other person who unlocked the house in the first place. That's a pretty solid ghost.

But then the second story has a whole chunk of action that evidently... didn't happen at all? Why the viewpoint character thinks it happened is not explained. Maybe ohh a fourth or fifth reading will cast light on the problem, as also the suggestion that Grandmother was making pacts with demons, which I'm sure is not the case. We're at levels of first- Kai-story twisty misdirection in this volume.

Fair Game
Frost Burned
Hunting Ground

House of Five Leaves

Shadows over Baker St
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Phoenix Rising
Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits
Ocean at the End of the Lane
Novel Written on Yellow Paper
Tags: 100demons, ima_ichiko, japanese, language, reading_13

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