There are a lot of WW2 References in this series so far, Ouka is much like the Japanese suicide plane developed during ww2, launched from a bomber. Not only that, the patch on the last page of this manga with the nurse reads "731" a biological warfare unit known to perform disgusting human experiments. The cold northern country was likely the Soviet Union during the battle of Khalkin Gol where they dealt the Japanese a very bloody nose.
All in all there are a lot of references to WW2, though the dates dont match up.
Okay, I see what you're saying. I misunderstood about the circles. So they used 〇 like is done for blanking out letters and such. I haven't seen the raws, I didn't realize the numbers here were re-typeset. Though now that I think about it, of course they were, since they match the lettering.
It looks like that's the interpretation the translator went with, yeah. I think they're zeroes.
typesetter here, just wanted to say thanks for the discussion on this, because yeah, they're totally zeroes. in our defense, the raws just have big circles and the font doesn't make it clear. thanks for the correction!
That was fairly depressing. Poignant, but maybe overly packed with direct analogy and symbolism.
Very interesting and fits into a concept I've thought over time and time again where women, rather the generalized female, has been historically used to name the tools, conquests, pleasures and horrors of men from the general male perspective.
That's not all the story is of course, I found the element above in the text at the end, "My father told me a long time ago: Boats are women and women are the sea. All living creatures were born from it, a living soup, of blood, tears, and souls."
After reading the authors comments on Yuri-ism, the story is more about these naive young girls being thrown into complex world. A world that has pre-defined them.
Honestly, the first thought I had was of Kancolle where the ultimate tragic and depressive reality of the show hasn't been hidden behind moe and sex appeal.
I agree with your sentiments heartily, but don't forget the parallels of the standard child soldier. As for the foisting of emotional baggage onto female implements, much of that historically was simply due to the lack of presence on the battlefield or at sea for ling periods of time. That this defined(s) womanhood for many is a side effect of culture and that will take a long time to change for the better, however you define "better".
The art style of this very successfully doesn't hide the harshness of the setting, something that will make it difficult to digest and the writing style is hard for some to follow, as evidenced by quite a few comments.