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the tatami galaxy / 1600, winter, osaka

I had a day off which I intended to spend watching The Tatami Galaxy (四畳半神話大系) (as subbed by Funimation / animecrazy if you live outside of the US). I've only gone through two eps and they were delightfully weird and entertaining. Not sure how long the repeating plot device can sustain itself, but I thought the animation style was pretty unusual and very cute. Also I really like Akashi AND I LOVE OZU ALTHOUGH HE DOES INDEED LOOK LIKE A YOUKAI


But my plan was foiled because the night before I had a sad dream about Mitsunari so obviously most of my day off was blown drawing a comic about an SB3 stage, and taking liberties with Gyoubu. Like the Misogi film club president says, "why do you keep making these ridiculous things no one else understands? it's disgustingly masturbatory"

The dream was in Osaka Winter Siege stage, where the final boss is Mitsunari. Except I was Mitsunari, so I went through the stage map backwards, and it was empty, and Mitsunari was very sad but at the end everyone Mitsunari loved who had been killed more or less by Ieyasu was at the first bridge, waiting for him. At this point I thought "oh! this is the cutscene I skipped after Ieyasu clears Osaka Winter", and I was sad because everyone was dead, but everyone was kind of happy to be reunited. Except Ieyasu he was not there. Then I woke up and was v upset because there IS no cutscene after Ieyasu clears Osaka Winter. Then I drew ten pages of comic, to cope

1600, winter, osaka

Sorry to make you read right to left. I was going through Ravages of Time again (rediscovering gems like Guan Yu crying because of the valour and courage of Lu Bu's... horse) and got used to that reading order. I'll add footnotes between each page to try and explain wtf is going on

This is the last arena where you fight Mitsunari

Final flight of stairs

You fight Gyoubu here. That is his magical floating palanquin

He is not in it which is a bit of a shocker because he can't walk

This is where you fight the first boss: a war chariot and its crazy galloping electric horse

The two or three gates you need to bust through when you barge into the castle

This bridge is the start of the stage


Takechiyo is Ieyasu's childhood name, yes Ieyasu who killed everyone in this page. But they still love him, in their own twisted ways. Hanbei will probably just put him on laundry duty forever - Wait, no, that's reserved for Kurokan isn't it. Also it magically stopped snowing because I forgot to snow the last page. You can think it is symbolic, or that I am lazy, or both.

THANKS FOR READING sorry to torture you

I have done what I could


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Oct. 7th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
This is the most beautifully drawn and composed thing. It's so heartfelt and seems to fit just right. The pacing and everything...I WOULD CRY IF I WERE NOT AT WORK. ;_;

Also it is not a crime to make Gyoubu beautiful half of Pixiv seems to do it anyway. Although I did a little double-take because he kind of has some Okra-hairstyle going on...

Would you really want Kurokan doing your laundry
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
It was an upsetting and yet strangely cathartic dream to wake up from ;_; I don't know why Osaka Winter though, if anything I expected to have nightmares about Hetsugigawa.

Glad to hear it seems to fit and beautiful Gyoubu is not my lonely delusion!! Although I do agree his hair turned out a strange blend of okra and 'Mune sob

I would assign Kurokan to laundry duty just after Mitsunari and Ieyasu jump into that pool of red paint (??) in the opening movie, just to see his face..
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
Such dreams are good to have once in a while, and a sign of creativity...sadly I just end up with nonsensical things most of the time Mitsunari slapping Hunbay off a mountain. Hetsugigawa would have been beautiful in a different way but would have produced brilliant comedy instead 8'D

Would beautiful Gyoubu still sound like Gyoubu, that is the question...

It was suggested to me that it was chili sauce or Fanta..
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Seconding everything polyphenols said because I am too inarticulate in the morning to come up with anything BUT REST ASSURED THIS COMIC TOTALLY MADE ME TEAR UP.

Takechiyo you are so going to be on toilet duty for the rest of eternity
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Ahh I am sorry about that ;_; let me go look for more ridiculous Gyoubu videos to cheer you up with!!

Oh Ieyasu. He will probably find a way to lock Mitsunari in the bathroom with him /sob
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Oct. 11th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
I am glad it made you happy ;_; despite it being a bit demented I think the Western Army appeals to me because I see it as this family?? aniki is very much part of the family though, just more of an extended relative <3 <3 <3

now you're making me think of papa mouri and mama chika haha

PS: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=526596 > I think you will also like this interpretation of 'family'!!
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks for providing the explanation, the comic itself is quite clear, but having that background information really sets the emotional tone, which, as I've come to expect from you, pitch perfect as always!
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
I have no idea what is going on but still think this is SO BEAUTIFUL AAHHHH I love the atmosphere and pacing and those repeating panels kind of kill me sob~~~
Oct. 7th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
oh sob mitsunariiiiii
This comic is just stunning, can really feel the sense of loneliness in those pages, and the vastness ;A; omg floating palanquin
sob sob mitsunari it's ok all your bros are here for you in the end ;A;
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Man, the pacing in this is gorgeous~~~~
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh love love love that comic (though I don't know any SB past s01 of the anime v_v must remedy) each panel is just hnnng perfect.

And Tatami Galaxy! ♥ It's just so crazy, I had to watch episode 1 three times or so just to get what he was saying. And the part with the moth always makes me grin.
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know Basara but I always enjoy your panelling!
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I love right to left! Probably because I read manga all the time. :)

This is lovely, and you're making me want to read Ravages of Time...
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
How is everything you create so emotive and lovely??
I've never followed the anime or read the game, but your ending is so sweet &hearts I have been upset by that kind of dream, though :(

Um, also... lalage.org makes me excited, but are you planning on continuing with Hero?
Oct. 19th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply and yes, I do intend to finish Hero! I think the problem I have been having since July is that most of my waking non-work thoughts are now occupied by Japanese history (and Capcom's fanciful interpretation of it)

Come to that haven't even gotten around to updating lalage's website either..
Oct. 24th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! It would have made me sad to not see any more of Valentine and Lost.
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