Skywalker, for the love of god, please just say "he". Chiaki is a man. It's there on the first page. The entire comic is about the fact he's a man.
Anyway, regarding the "hunting and scars are masculine" thing, a friend (who is also trans, but with a different relationship to masculinity than me) said that the thing with scars and hunting represent masculinity for Chiaki simply because his frame of reference for masculinity is his father. And his father probably was using gender as an excuse to keep his child safe, and like he himself said, he was making assumptions about what would make Chiaki safe and happy.
Re: The Discourse - Transcendent Egg is 100% correct, if someone is """trans because of trauma""" or whatever, they're still trans. If they're "trans because they want to do a gendered thing" they're still trans. Being trans has to do with the relationship between identity and assignment; whatever leads a person to their identity isn't a factor.
No, Come Rain or Shine is the reboot...I'm so sorry if we confused you somehow! That one is still ongoing, this one will be marked complete as soon as we get the Volume 2 Extras.
No, I don't think you did anything confusing. I guess when I heard about the reboot I assumed the original stopped updating, which now I realize isn't true. Which is great in the end bc there's just more for us to read!
1) The best revenge is a life well-lived
2) The prime motivator for abuse is control. There doesn't need to be a reason beyond that.
You know, if you had gone through that situation, you wouldn't say that. The best revenge would be if the person who hurt you dead. Obviously you wouldn't kill nobody but thinking about that is like... peace. When you dream about sleeping without fear. Living without pain. What a fucking pleasure.
And I know this sounds horrible, sorry.
I don't want to start anything (especially since I didn't read this reply until weeks after it was written) but I did go through something like this. My best revenge is that I don't need to think about him anymore. The fact that I don't even care if he's alive or dead is better than him being in my head rent free. At least, that's my take on it. Everyone heals differently and it's important to see other perspectives as true for other people even if they're not true for us.
I'm conflicted how the narrative seems to support the thinking that scars and hunting are manly but I think overall it's a moving piece. It's a frank and realistic depiction of dysphoria and the state of trans healthcare. The dream surgery scene was especially powerful; I have had similar daydreams, though as a trans woman they instead had doctors stretching my hipbones and sewing my vocal folds tighter and stuff like that.
I also love that the very first page is like..."Chiaki...is a MAN." A very clear thesis statement from the jump.
For what it's worth, GID is not a diagnosis in the DSM for almost 8 years at this point. I don't know how it is in Japan though, maybe they still do that. The more accepted term now is "gender dysphoria", which more accurately describes the problem as the dysphoria felt about one's body rather than the identity discrepancy itself.
While not the primary focus, showing the extreme effects of cancer treatment was also heavy but honest, which I respect.
PS - re: [slur] cringe - The good news is that I never felt the need for a report function until right now, but the bad news is I don't know of a way to let mods know we have a chucklefuck on our hands. Hopefully that's the last we hear from them though.
to be fair, most vampire fiction exists before therapy was invented lol
maybe being immortal would be okay if you had a support system and material security, but I can imagine the toll of living being too much over too much time. That said I have depression so I do think this has to do with outlook