hey, this is the 3rd story on Dynasty where one of the characters had amnesia. crud, anyone remember the 3rd? i think the MC was in art school or something and her love interest's attitude towards her completely changed. so there's this one, Bright and Cheery, Blank, and i cannot remember the 3rd. anyone know the title?
But do you think the manga medium (especially the cutesy chibi drawing style) was what have sent the story and its message across?
On top of what hiruyuririn and Nezchan said, I think the question should be not so much about the medium itself, as about the choice of medium by that particular author. From the autobiographical bits in the first two chapters, I gather that she has realized that drawing is her preferred mode of self-expression from early on (she took art classes in college) and then kept drawing even while she went through all the bad stuff. I therefore think that if she told her story in any other medium than manga, it would have never had this much impact. Another author could have have told their own similar story in a different medium better, but it would have been a different story with a different message.
As for the cutesy chibi-style, I think it is consciously or unconsciously used to invoke our sympathy for the protagonist by underlining her vulnerability in the face of the largely uncaring outside world. It may sound judging when put that way, but my judgement is actually that it does perfectly what it is supposed to do in this case.
I feel weird about how closely the author's timeline of epiphany matches up with my own, despite me having endured very different traumas and never technically suffering from depression. I kinda thought said timeline had to do with the nature of the trauma itself, but this story got me thinking that it may mainly have to do with age, instead (I must have been born around the same year as the author, by my calculations).
I still remember my own epiphany, when after seven years of not doing much with my life, I realized that it wasn't really my own until then. It was... stolen, I guess, taken away from me by circumstances? Anyhow, I remember saying "I'm taking my fucking life back," which has since become my madness mantra. And I remember standing before the doctor's office, my entire body almost shutting down at the mere thought that I was about to admit having a problem to another person. Now that I think of it, pushing that doorknob was probably the bravest thing I did in my entire life. I don't want to think what it was like for the author to put her problems for all the world to see, but I am grateful that she did.
There's nothing wrong with having our brains broken though.
Yup. You break a leg, you may get a limp -- you go through some crap, you get a slightly broken brain.
well a few hours she tweeted a bit about her parents complaining about the stuff she wrote about in her manga, it was pretty interesting, if incredibly long, either way it seems manga work and stuff has at least stabilized her life somewhat. I swear she's turning out to be one of my favourite artists/all round people XD.
That's good to hear. I wonder how it feels, to suddenly gain a fandom after so many years of effective isolation. :D I hope she can seize this opportunity to take control of her life and turn it into something she enjoys in a long run.
I'm just gonna ask here, as well... I have recently read an older manga here about a girl founding a paranormal research club and roping two of her "great and amazing sempais" into it as ghost members, without actually giving a crap about them. I forgot to bookmark it and now can't find it again. :-( Can anyone help?
Just a change of pace? I once skipped school, and went up to a hill and stayed there... Ate my lunch still in my uniform, saw the cars coming and going in the distance and then came back home... I was feeling really tired.
It could be any number of reasons, indeed. I was just wondering whether the thought of Ayaka acting in a suicidal manner (perhaps unconsciously and not all that seriously, i.e. in more of a cry-for-help way, which Yurine heard) has crossed anyone else's mind in that scene. I may be reading too deeply into it, but good stories often have several layers of meaning and it's fun trying to figure them out.
Has anyone else found page 13 unexpectedly dark? First Ayaka declares she wants to "go to the sea", then she tries to get Yurine to stop following her, and once there, she claims she did not want to "see" it, in the first palce. For what other purpose would a teenager driven to a breaking point by her parents' unrealistically high expectations and lack of affection go to the ocean all alone?