Even though I love the story and these two, I find it a bit off putting that there's a possibility that Aria is just obsessed with Ichika because of how similar she is to her grandma
(Ch. 19) yeah I think Aria is starting to feel some guilt about their relationship. Between the “I’m leaving to protect you” vibe and the thinking about her grandma, I think it’s being made pretty clear that Aria’s not been/being completely open about what’s going on for her vis a vis their relationship.
I went back to re-read this after the latest chapter and know that we know what grandma looks like, this page https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/vampeerz_ch14 make so much sense.
This means that her grandma was ALSO one of those few people capable of wielding the sword. We had a little bit of foreshadowing of this on this page too: https://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/vampeerz_ch03#19
when Ichika refused to kill Aria and she said that reminded her of Chiyo, before being cut off my Ichika.
Someone earlier said that from the looks of it, grandma may have tried to kill herself so maybe because she had tried it and knew what it felt like, she refused to take Aria's life?
Sorry if it's kind of a lackluster analysis but no one had pointed it out and I just had to.
An interesting detail is that the sword in Yanyan's(?) flashback seems to be a rather decent depiction of a kopis or falcata or analogous - the Greeks may have picked the design up from the Persians - which in Classical Antiquity were widely popular from the Pillars of Herakles to northwestern India. Note in particular the distinctive C-shaped semi-enclosed grip which easily distinguishes those from the much later (possibly related) kukris and yataghans of similar blade form.
...and this concludes today's installment of hoplology geekout. :d
I thought it was khara but it was the bird. Nooo I don’t want her to die
Ah I didn't realize it was the bird, I also really don't want her to die. I've been keeping a certain distance between me and this series since the start, since I know the author likes to get extremely dark in some of their works. Seeing a character about to be burned alive in this otherwise goofy series is...horrifying and honestly upsetting. I'm personally not a fan of the author going in this direction.
Using manipulated pictures to save time creating backgrounds is a very valid way to save time in the professional art world. I personally think they fit in well enough and serve their purpose haha. Do you guys feel like these things take away from the reading experience? I’m really curious. Thank you~
I reread this chapter after seeing this and damnnn there's a lot of things in this chapter that haven't been drawn
I agree that it help save time and is less stress on the artist behind it I didn't feel it take away. I'm just glad to read. I don't think lack of background original art needs to be critiqued. Some things are harder to do then others.
Using photoshopped stock photos to use them as background is done by several manga authors and it has never been illegal, or unethical, as long as said pics are public domain, the author took them himself, or the rights have been bought. All manga these days are digitally drawn anyway. It saves them the hassle to hand draw detailed backgrounds.