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I Can’t Believe I Slept With You!

I Can’t Believe I Slept With You!

I Can't Believe I Slept With You! Volume 1 manga cover
I Can’t Believe I Slept With You!

Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It

I Can’t Believe I Slept With You! (Ichido dake demo, Koukai Shitemasu. / 一度だけでも、後悔してます。) is a yuri manga by Miyako Miyahara. The entire series is only 3 volumes (21 chapters) long, so it’s a pretty quick read.

If you know any Japanese, you may have realized that the English title is pretty different. The more accurate translation is “Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It.” And this is actually a much better title for the story, so I’m not sure why they changed it.

I guess “I Can’t Believe I Slept With You!” stands out more as a title. It’s almost a bit clickbaity. But, it doesn’t have the same relevance to the story as the original title. The regret the two main girls feel about their one-night stand is kind of important to the story.

Ritsuka asking Chiyo to have sex with her from the manga I Can't Believe I Slept With You!
Ritsuka asking Chiyo to have sex with her

This seems like a good time to point out that this is a wholesome yuri manga. I can understand why someone wouldn’t think that’s the case based on the first chapter. It starts off with Ritsuka (the landlady) blackmailing a drunk Chiyo into having sex with her.

I get it. That’s not exactly the setup for a wholesome series. But, it gets worse. Ritsuka lays out a contract stating she’ll reduce Chiyo’s rent by ¥70,000 every time Chiyo “services” her. Oh, and also Ritsuka is going to start living in Chiyo’s apartment with her.

So, how could this be a wholesome series in any way? Well, Ritsuka has a very broad definition of “servicing.” Any time Chiyo does anything that makes Ritsuka happy, she counts it. A hug? Check. Playing games together? Check. Going on a shopping date? Check.

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Chiyo and Ritsuka

Chiyo Kozuka is the protagonist of I Can’t Believe I Slept With You! She’s a 24-year-old NEET who lived alone before Ritsuka showed up looking for the 3 months of rent Chiyo owed. But, while Chiyo’s currently a NEET, this wasn’t always the case.

She used to work at a game company. But, she quit her job after the (male) coworker she had a crush on got married. That’s right, despite this being a yuri manga, Chiyo is straight. Well, she starts off straight, which seems to be a common trope in yuri series.

I don’t particularly mind this trope. But, you do kind of have to look past the whole initial sexual assault thing. People got mad when I said that about Bloom Into You, as well. However, I think you’d have a hard time arguing that’s not the case this time around.

Ritsuka explaining the rent reduction agreement from the manga I Can't Believe I Slept With You!
Ritsuka explaining the rent reduction agreement

Ritsuka Hara is the landlady of the apartment building Chiyo lives in. But, despite her job, she’s actually quite young. Ritsuka is only 19 years old, 5 years younger than Chiyo. But, that age gap doesn’t bother Ritsuka. She tells Chiyo that she’s into older women.

Of the two girls, Ritsuka is definitely more my type. She’s smaller (cuter) and her appearance doesn’t remind me of Tsubasa Hanekawa. I also like that she knows exactly what she wants. She wants Chiyo (in bed, naked). But, that doesn’t mean she’s thinking about sex all the time.

In a lot of instances throughout the series, it’s Ritsuka who pulls back from intimate moments. There were many times when she could have gotten what she wanted, but declined. Why? Because despite how forward she was in Chapter 1, she feels bad about her contract with Chiyo. This conflict makes her a good character.

Yuri Manga > Anime

I’m not going to pretend that I have extensive experience with yuri anime and manga. I’ve watched 5 anime that I’d consider to be pure yuri anime. By pure yuri, I mean it’s about 2 girls who are in a relationship. Yuru Yuri technically counts as yuri. But, I’m not including things like that.

So, I’ve watched 5 yuri anime and I’ve read 2 yuri manga now. And, while I tend to prefer anime over manga, that’s not the case for yuri series. I’m not entirely sure why this is the case. But, yuri manga are better than yuri anime.

Now, it’s possible I’d feel this way about adult romance series in general. Manga as a medium might capture the intimate moments better than anime does. With anime, there’s a lot going on; there’s music, animation, and voice acting. If one of those things isn’t good, it can kill the mood.

Chiyo hugging Ritsuka from the manga I Can't Believe I Slept With You!
Chiyo hugging Ritsuka

I Can’t Believe I Slept With You! could receive an anime adaptation someday. It’s a relatively new manga, so it’s not too surprising it doesn’t have one yet. But, I don’t know if there should be an anime version.

First of all, considering it’s only 21 chapters long, I don’t know if there’s enough content for an anime. Some of the chapters are pretty short and not much happens in them. But, the bigger issue is what an anime adaptation would cut. I could see it cutting out the sex.

The sex scenes in this manga aren’t anything graphic. There are anime that are far more graphic. But, because this is a yuri series, I could see these scenes getting cut. And without those scenes, this would be a pretty bland romance series. It’d be like how nothing happens in the Adachi and Shimamura anime.

Conclusion

I Can’t Believe I Slept With You! (Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It) is a 7/10. At first, I had it rated a point higher. But, as I thought about it over the course of writing this review, I don’t think it’s good enough to be an 8.

If it ever does get an anime adaptation, I’ll watch and review that too. And in the future, I want to read and review the manga for some of the other yuri anime I’ve seen, as I did for Bloom Into You. So, if you’re a yuri series fan, you have that to look forward to.

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Bloom Into You (Manga)

Bloom Into You (Manga)

Bloom Into You Volume 1 manga cover art
Bloom Into You

The Redemption Arc

Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru / やがて君になる) is a yuri manga about two high school girls who fall in love. This is also my second time reviewing the series. 15 months ago, in March of 2021, I reviewed the Bloom Into You anime.

Now, I’ll be honest, my review of the anime wasn’t received well by certain members of the community. If you want to see what I said about the anime, the review is still there for you to read. I’m not going to change my opinion on a series because some people don’t agree with it.

But, even when I wrote my review of the anime, I conceded that the manga was likely better. So, what better time to give Bloom Into You a second chance by reading the manga than during Pride Month?

Before I get into the review itself, there are a few more things I need to make clear. First, I read the manga from chapter 1 — I didn’t pick it up where the anime left off. Not only has it been 15 months since I watched the anime, but I wanted to experience the manga as a whole.

Second, I’m going to do something different and say right here at the start that I gave the manga a 10/10. Usually, I leave my ratings for the conclusion of the review. But, I think it’s important to get that out of the way at the start this time around.

Most of this review is going to be comparing the anime to the manga. So I want it to be clear upfront how significant the difference between the anime and manga is. It’s a 4/10 compared to a 10/10. I knew the manga would be better. But I didn’t expect this.

A Complete Story

The Bloom Into You anime has a glaring problem. This problem is such a big deal that even the most diehard fans of the series have to admit it. And those who don’t admit it are lying to themselves.

Of course, I’m talking about the fact it only covers half of the manga.

Bloom Into You is 50 chapters long (45 chapters and 5 “bonus” chapters spread throughout). The anime concludes at the end of chapter 24. And it doesn’t have an original ending, either. It ends in the middle of the story.

This is something I pointed out in my review of the anime. As I said back then, the anime actually ends before any of the major character development occurs. And, in fact, the anime ends in the middle of an arc — before the climax of the arc.

Touko falling asleep on Yuu on the train from the manga series Bloom Into You chapter 24
Touko falling asleep on Yuu on the train

The school festival/play arc is the point at which the character development begins. This is arguably the most important part of the series. But, the anime misses out on that. It builds up the play and then ends before we get to see it. Because of that, the manga is superior by default.

That’s not all the manga completes, though. Even after the play arc, there’s plenty of content left. Yuu’s and Touko’s story doesn’t end with the play. With the manga, we get their complete story. They graduate from high school, go to college, and end up living together.

At the very end of the manga, it’s even implied that the two of them got married (or engaged). There’s a panel of them walking home together and it focuses on a ring on Yuu’s finger. Compared to the complete package that is the manga, the anime is trash.

Manga vs. Anime

Now, it’s time to get into some of the more subjective ways the manga is better than the anime. And first up is the art. The panel screenshots I’ve included in this review don’t do the manga justice. There are some amazing panels with amazing art. And the rest looks good too.

I wouldn’t say that the anime looks bad. But it’s also not great. And, while not something I usually compliment, the Bloom Into You manga has some nice paneling. I haven’t read many manga — 6 manga compared to my 530 completed anime. But, I can still recognize nice paneling when I see it.

Moving away from the art, there’s something else the manga did better than the anime, but I can’t quite explain why. One of my complaints about the anime was that it made Touko’s character come off as a groomer. And I got plenty of backlash for saying that.

Sayaka preparing to confess to Touko from the manga series Bloom Into You chapter 37
Sayaka preparing to confess to Touko

This is another reason why I wanted to read the manga from chapter 1. I wanted to see the depiction of Touko’s initial relationship with Yuu in this medium. And what I found was that their early relationship is the same.

But, reading the manga, I never got the impression that Touko was being too assertive with Yuu. There was still an awkward moment between Miyako and Sayaka. But, Touko’s and Yuu’s relationship was good. I liked the depiction. And I don’t have a solid answer for why I think that now.

So, let’s guess. It could be that the direction of the anime portrayed their relationship in a more toxic way. It could be that the manga gave a better insight into Yuu’s feelings through the art. Or, it could be the voice acting in the anime. Who knows?

Yuu and Touko Get Frisky

Is it weird to say that one of my favorite parts of the Bloom Into You manga is when Yuu and Touko have sex? Okay, yes, it’s hot. But, there’s more to why I liked this part of the manga than that.

For one, I usually watch anime rather than read manga. And in anime, we generally don’t get sex scenes. So, this is an important part of romantic relationships that I don’t get to see depicted often. Romance in anime might get to a kiss scene if you’re lucky.

And, it’s very common for the main characters not to even be in a relationship by the end of the anime. The ending might imply they end up together. But that’s not very satisfying. Seeing Yuu and Touko go all the way is a lot more important than I think many people realize.

Touko and Yuu about to have sex from the manga series Bloom Into You chapter 44
Touko and Yuu about to have sex

Look, sex is a normal part of romantic relationships. Does every romantic relationship need it? No. But for the majority, it will eventually come with the territory. Depicting that is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with it. Yuu describes herself as “naughty” when she fantasizes about Touko, but that’s not bad.

Also, let’s not forget that this is a yuri and shoujo ai manga. There’s going to be plenty of LGBTQ+ youth reading this. And seeing Yuu and Touko at this point of their relationship could be very validating. This isn’t a watered-down depiction of a girl-girl relationship that’s left ambiguous.

Oh, and I have to say that the situation in which they have sex for the first time is perfect. The scenario of it happening when Touko’s parents are out is realistic. And the feelings of anticipation and nervousness that both Touko and Yuu have are spot-on.

Conclusion

As I said toward the start of this review, I gave the Bloom Into You manga a 10/10. I tried to think of any reason I could come up with to give it a lower score. And in the end, there was nothing. It deserves this rating.

If you’ve read this review for some reason without having seen the anime or read the manga, pick the manga. I know there are people who like the anime. And some people will say to watch the anime and pick the manga up where it leaves off. I’m telling you to skip the anime entirely.

The manga is so much better — and I’m not a manga person.

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Goodbye, Eri

Goodbye, Eri

Dead Explosion Mother

Goodbye, Eri (Sayonara Eri / さよなら絵梨) is a one-shot manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the author of Chainsaw Man. It’s also only 200 pages long. That might sound long if you’re not used to reading manga. But, believe me, it goes by fast.

If you haven’t read the manga yet, you should do so before continuing this review. As I go through the three phases of this manga, there are going to be major spoilers.

With that said, let’s get into the first part of the manga that introduces the main character Yuuta.

Yuuta is a high schooler who filmed hundreds of hours leading up to his mother’s death. He did this at her request, which is pretty messed up if you think about it. But, he then turned his footage into a movie that he premiered at his school. The title of the movie is “Dead Explosion Mother.”

The premiere of Yuuta's movie "Dead Explosion Mother" from the manga Goodbye, Eri
The premiere of Yuuta’s movie “Dead Explosion Mother”

First of all, I loved this introduction to Yuuta’s character. It was pretty meta to have a first-person movie within a first-person manga. And, as Eri tells Yuuta later on, it depicts Yuuta in a positive light and makes him a likable character.

After the premiere, Yuuta gets bullied by the other students. They think adding in an explosion at the end of a movie about Yuuta’s mother dying was in poor taste. But, I actually support Yuuta’s decision here. It’s his movie, it’s about his mother, and it’s his way of coping with loss.

We’re told that Yuuta added the explosion because he likes to add in fantasy elements. But, I’d argue that while that may be the case, it was also a metaphor. The explosion symbolizes the impact that his mother’s death had on Yuuta. The impact he tried to run from.

The Mysterious Girl

As a result of the bullying, Yuuta decides to jump off the roof of the hospital where his mother died. But, before he follows through, a mysterious girl stops him. Her name is Eri, and she says that she enjoyed the movie Yuuta made.

Eri challenges Yuuta to make a sequel to “Dead Explosion Mother.” The plan is for this new movie to premiere at school the following year. And, this movie is going to be so good that it’s going to make all the students who laughed at him cry.

Eri and Yuuta watching movies in an abandoned building from the manga Goodbye, Eri
Eri and Yuuta watching movies in an abandoned building

This is never stated, but it seemed to me like Eri made up this challenge to save Yuuta. Sure, she stopped him from jumping off the roof. But, her challenge saved him in that it gave him something to work towards for the next year.

To make this new movie, Yuuta and Eri begin spending all their free time together. They watch movies, plan out Yuuta’s movie, and become romantically involved. But, in a twist that seemed obvious to me, it’s revealed that Eri has a terminal illness just like Yuuta’s mother did.

And, just as Yuuta’s mother did, Eri asks Yuuta to film her until her death. Again, it’s implied that Eri asks Yuuta to do this for his own good. He never got to film his mother’s death. By filming Eri’s death, he may be able to get some sort of closure.

The real twist came when Yuuta’s father gets involved, though. He points out that Yuuta’s mother was abusive and mean, but that’s not how Yuuta’s movie depicts her. It’s only at this point that we as readers understand the true importance of perspective. 90% of the manga is from Yuuta’s perspective. He chooses what we see.

A Pinch of Fantasy

You can’t tell, but I’m actually rewriting this section of the review. After rereading the end of the manga, I’ve come to some different conclusions. I liked it more the second time around, and so I want to explain why that’s the case.

Eri dies and Yuuta films her death. He then premieres his new movie about Eri at school and everyone cries. They loved it. And, that’s even considering that Yuuta once again added in a pinch of fantasy. This time around, he made Eri’s character a vampire.

Decades pass after Eri’s death and Yuuta gets married and has a kid. Then, one day, he gets into an accident with his wife, daughter, and father in the car. Only Yuuta survives. And, it’s at this point that the manga starts to circle back to the themes it’s built up so far.

An older Yuuta meeting Eri again from the manga Goodbye, Eri
An older Yuuta meeting Eri again

Once again, Yuuta plans to kill himself. But this time, his plan is to hang himself in the abandoned building where he watched movies with Eri. And this is where we get another twist, which I originally wasn’t a fan of. Eri, looking the same as she did decades ago, is sitting in the room watching Yuuta’s movie of her.

The big twist is that Eri actually is a vampire. She dies about every 200 years when her brain fills up with memories. After 3 days, she comes back to life with her memories erased. But what’s different this time around is that she has Yuuta’s movie of her previous life.

Remember how I mentioned that the filmmaker’s perspective mattered? Well, in Yuuta’s movie, we see the perfect version of Eri. And so as this new version of Eri watches the movie, she learns “what kind of person the last [her] was.”

Conclusion

Despite the fact that I liked the manga more after rereading the ending, my score didn’t change. Goodbye, Eri is a 9/10. I’m still not entirely sold on the twist of Eri actually being a vampire. But, I do think it played into some of the main themes of the manga well.

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Attack on Titan Chapter 139

Attack on Titan Chapter 139

Finally Free (from Monthly Attack on Titan Chapters)

As you may know, the Attack on Titan manga ended with chapter 139 yesterday (April 7, 2021). And, while I hadn’t been doing reviews of each chapter, I had been reading them as they released each month. So, now that it’s over, I’d like to share some of my thoughts.

But, before I get into the actual review, there are some disclaimers that I need to make. First, none of the images in this review are going to be from the manga because I’m not trying to catch a copyright claim by reposting panels right after the release.

Second, and probably more importantly, I’m going to be spoiling the entire Attack on Titan manga, especially the final chapter in this review. If you don’t want to be spoiled, I highly suggest also avoiding the comment section of this post.

A Great Ride that Ended in Disaster

I’m about to tear this final chapter of Attack on Titan apart. So before I do that, I’d like to remind everyone that I really like this series. It was a great ride, it’s one of my favorite anime, and — aside from in this chapter — Eren is one of my favorite characters.

The biggest issue I have with the series is chapter 139. If we just ignore this chapter, I think the manga is a 9/10. But with this final chapter, I’d have to say that it’s maybe an 8/10. That’s still a really good score.

And, I get it, lowering the score of a series that’s 139 chapters long because of a single chapter may be frowned upon. However, this was the final chapter. This chapter was supposed to wrap up all the various plot points. It failed spectacularly.

The following list of my issues with chapter 139 is by no means exhaustive. I’ve merely selected some of what I believe to be the worst offenses.

Eren Invalidated Everything

One of the biggest issues with this final chapter is that Eren effectively invalidated everything that had happened previously in the series. The plot, his development as a character, everything. And for what? So some fans could get the “happy” ending they wanted?

Some birds reflected in Eren's eye from the first episode of the Attack on Titan anime
Some birds reflected in Eren’s eye

Hear me out. If you watched the Final Season of the anime, you may recall the scene towards the beginning when Eren and Reiner come face to face in a Marleyan basement. During that meeting, Eren asks Reiner why his mother was eaten. Reiner’s response was that he was to blame for the death of Eren’s mother.

However, in this chapter, Eren just casually reveals that he was the one who caused Dina Fritz’s titan to eat his own mother. Not only was there absolutely no context leading up to this reveal, but it invalidates Eren’s entire character that was built around wanting to avenge his mother.

Also, I’ve seen a lot of people saying how they like that Eren broke down and admitted he loved Mikasa. I can’t say I agree with them. Their argument is that those are his true feelings that he’s been hiding this entire time. But to me, that’s just them trying to rationalize this abrupt change in his personality.

Obviously he was purposefully pushing everyone away and making himself the villain. That’s been obvious for a very long time. But this scene just went against all of his character development.

Where did the Titan Worm Go?

I guess I also need to mention the elephant in the room, or in this case, the worm not in the chapter. Maybe you forgot, but there was kind of a big deal made about the “Founding Titan worm thing” that comes out of Eren’s body and effectively makes him immortal.

That was supposed to be one of the big points of this episode. The allies were going to have to stop that worm thing from restoring Eren’s body after he was killed. Well, Isayama kind of just dropped that part of the series and doesn’t bring it up again.

Now, to be fair, why the worm doesn’t show up in this chapter was actually explained. The issue is that the explanation is a terrible one that causes a whole host of other problems, which I’ll go into individually in the next few sections.

But basically, because that worm was the “essence” of the Founding Titan, it was erased along with all the other titans by Mikasa kissing Eren. That’s right. The power of love killed the worm.

Mikasa (Somehow) Saved Humanity

While not my biggest issue with this chapter, I think Mikasa turning out to be the savior of humanity is the most infuriating one. Her character was effectively sidelined for the previous 30 chapters, and suddenly she’s the hero of the story.

To be fair, Mikasa being the hero in the end doesn’t bother me all that much. My issue is that being the hero of the story simply involves loving Eren. So, let’s break down exactly what this means.

First of all, Mikasa loving or kissing Eren isn’t really the point. The point is that Mikasa kills the person she loves who also happens to be the one controlling the Founding Titan. If Mikasa killed Eren but didn’t love him, the curse of the Titans wouldn’t have been broken.

Mikasa wearing her (Eren's) scarf from the sixth episode of the Attack on Titan anime
Mikasa wearing her (Eren’s) scarf

And, the fact that Mikasa loves someone like Eren is why Ymir selected her as “her favorite.” I think it’s pretty funny that Ymir’s favorite Eldian is only half-Eldian, but whatever. I just hope nobody tells the pureblood Eldians.

Where this gets the most infuriating is that because the series ended due to the power of love, it means the entire series was always about the power of love. For example, Eren randomly reveals that the reason the Eldians had been cursed with Titan powers for the past few 2,000 years was that Ymir was in love with King Fritz.

You can’t honestly think that’s a good plot point. The past 2,000 years of war and suffering were all because a girl was suffering from Stockholm syndrome. And all that time, Ymir was just waiting for a girl to do what she couldn’t and kill the one they love.

Levi Lives

I know some diehard Levi fans are probably going to hate me for saying this, but Levi should have died in the end. I think that would have been perfect for his character arc.

Throughout the story, Levi has lost basically all of his comrades. Annie killed all of his squadmates and both Erwin and Hange sacrificed themselves in the pursuit of freedom for the Eldians and humanity at large. And then we have Levi, left alone.

I really liked the scene of Levi seeing all his fallen comrades in the steam and saluting them as he lay propped up and on the verge of death. That would have been the perfect way for him to die, and it would have wrapped his whole story up neatly.

Consider it this way. All of his comrades died gruesome deaths fighting against Titans. But here, as the last one remaining, Levi would have been able to die peacefully in a world that was just rid of Titans. He would have died after achieving the goal that all the Scouts before him dreamed of.

How anyone can say that it’s better that he survived is beyond me. Okay, he’s living the dream that the fallen scouts all had, I guess. But I don’t think he’s the one who needs to live that dream. The younger scouts can do that. Levi had the perfect opportunity to die in a meaningful way and missed it.

Isayama Pulled an Araki and Forgot

This one isn’t really an issue I have with the final chapter. Instead, it’s something that I think is entertaining. You may recall that back in 2018, Isayama sketched out what he planned to use as the final panel of the manga.

It features an adult with long hair facing away from us while holding a baby over their shoulder. The adult is saying to the baby “You are free” (お前は自由だ / Omae wa jiyūda).

The "final panel" Isayama drew for Attack on Titan in 2018
The “final panel” Isayama drew for Attack on Titan in 2018

A lot of people thought that this was going to either be Eren holding the baby or Historia holding the baby (which they assumed was Eren’s child). As we know, Historia and Eren were never a thing, so obviously this wouldn’t be their child and therefore that fan theory fails.

But, the funny part is that this panel doesn’t appear in the final chapter. It doesn’t even appear in the manga at all.

I’m not sure if Isayama forgot that he drew this and said it was going to be the final panel or if he decided to take the end of the series in a different direction since drawing it. Either way, though, it’s pretty funny that fans, myself included, had been using this sketch as theory fodder for the past three years and then it never appeared.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

I almost wasn’t going to include this, but I guess I’ll mention that I think the sudden eradication of all Titans was a bit of a boring end. It was a complete Deus ex machina. The Eldian goddess Ymir just snaps her fingers and solves the problem that had plagued humanity for 2,000 years.

What makes it worse is that just in the previous chapter, many of the characters that we had grown to care about throughout the series got turned into pure titans. What was the point of that if they were just going to revert back to normal in this chapter?

They must have been pure titans for a total of 10 minutes in-universe. That’s just another example of how this chapter decided to throw everything that came before it in the trash. Reading this chapter, it almost felt like Araki told someone who had never read Attack on Titan before to write the last chapter for him.

At Least the Memes are Good

One thing I have to admit is that chapter 139 spawned a lot of good memes. Over in the DoubleSama.com Discord server, we’ve been sharing our favorite chapter 139 memes and it’s been a blast. I can honestly say that the memes have made up for how bad the chapter was.

I’m not going to share many of the memes here. However, I’ve really been enjoying the ones referencing Eren as a bird. Whether it’s manga panels in which Eren is drawn as a bird, or other bird images being used to make memes, they’ve been great.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan Chapter 139? Was it a good end to the manga? What’s your biggest complaint after reading it? And what’s your favorite meme that it spawned? Let me know in the comments.

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Girls’ Last Tour’s Deathless End of Days

Girls’ Last Tour’s Deathless End of Days

Introduction to the Concept of Death

Last week, I discussed how Chi and Yuu were innocently ignorant about the world that came before them. This week, I’ll be continuing on my journey of discussing Girls’ Last Tour by breaking down the surprising lack of death featured in the series.

Something you may or may not have noticed while watching the anime or reading the manga is that Girl’s Last Tour tends not to show death. What I mean by this is that throughout the travels of Chi and Yuu, we never actually see the bodies of the deceased.

Why is this odd? Because these girls are exploring a massive city at the end of the world shortly after humanity’s final war has taken place. We even see that this final war was still waging during their lifetime. So, why are there no bodies strewn about the city? Surely there should be some from both the war and the starvation that ensued afterward.

A dead fish from the anime series Girls' Last Tour
A dead fish

I think the best explanation of why there aren’t any bodies depicted in this series is because we’re seeing the world through the eyes of Chi and Yuu. It’s as if the girls are blocking out all of the death that surrounds them on a daily basis as a way to cope with their grim situation.

But, as early as the second episode, the girls do come face to face with death in the form of a fish. I think they mentioned death in the first episode, but it’s not until episode two that the reality of death is shown.

And from here on, there are many hints about the mass death in the world. It’s these hints that I want to focus on today.

The Graveyard

After the dead fish in the second episode, it’s actually not until episode eight that the girls have their next encounter with death. We can assume that both Kanazawa and Ishii died, but they didn’t die where Chi and Yuu could see them. They died sometime after parting ways from the girls.

But in the eighth episode, the girls find themselves in a graveyard. At first, they don’t understand what the graveyard is, but as they spend more time in it, Chi eventually figures it out.

It’s at this point that the girls are first confronted with the idea of leaving something behind to commemorate their lives. Throughout their journey, Chi has been keeping a journal. However, she seemed to be keeping the journal more so because she thinks that keeping records of things for the future is important, and less so because it proves that she existed.

Interestingly, even in the graveyard, we were shown no signs of physical death. This graveyard is actually a nokotsudo, or columbarium. The lockers depicted would normally house an urn or other container with the deceased’s ashes inside along with other items belonging to the deceased.

However, the girls make no mention of finding remains within the lockers. Instead, Yuu notes that most of them are empty except for the few items they found inside some of them. Was this another case of the girls ignoring the death around them, or were the lockers truly empty?

Do Machines Die?

In episode 9, the girls are confronted with death of another kind: That of the machines. Unbeknownst to the girls, they had actually come across other “deceased” machines in the past. Notably, the structure they sought shelter under in episode 5 was actually the remains of a giant machine.

However, it’s not until episode 9 that they meet a living machine and discover that although they’re not “alive,” they too still have a life. The room in which the girls first encounter the machine is littered with the remains of other machines that have broken down. And the machine they meet says that it too will end up that way one day.

It’s in this episode that the girls also take their first “life.” Although it can be argued that the machines aren’t really alive, Chi and Yuu seem to want to believe that they are. Their world is barren, so believing that there’s more life than just them may be a comforting thought.

The giant machine the girls destroyed from the anime series Girls' Last Tour
The giant machine the girls destroyed

In order to save the lives of the fish and the small machine, Chi and Yuu destroy the giant machine that’s dismantling the facility. I found this to be a very interesting scene from the perspective of how it may have affected the girls.

Yuu is the one who plants the explosives on the giant machine, and when she does so, she apologizes to it for what’s about to happen. Then, after Chi detonates the explosives, she comments on how perhaps “life” extends even to machines and the city as a whole.

Based on what they both say here, you might expect the killing of the giant machine to affect them emotionally. However, that’s not the case. It would seem that at this point, the girls have become skilled at compartmentalizing the death within their world.

Evidence of Death

Throughout all of the anime, we never see a single dead human. But what about in the manga after the anime concludes? Well, there is actually direct evidence of death in the manga. Specifically, it comes after the final chapter, in the extra chapter from the volume 6 tankouban.

Technically speaking, we do see Chi and Yuu die, but at the same time, you could argue that they aren’t yet dead when we last see them. I’m not saying that they don’t die. They definitely do and this is confirmed by a panel of them in the afterlife. I’m just saying maybe they’re not dead yet in the last panel we see them in before that.

They probably are dead by that point though, and are no longer simply asleep.

The first dead human of the series from the manga Girls' Last Tour
The first dead human of the series

In the panel shown above, after the deaths of Chi and Yuu, we get our first evidence for human death in the entire series. We see what appears to be some kind of animal skull, some other bones that are probably animal in origin, and a human skull.

It’s this panel in particular that makes me think we were seeing the rest of the series through Chi’s and Yuu’s “rose-colored” eyes. Why? Because it’s not until after they die that we see human remains scattered around the city. Once we’re no longer seeing the world through their eyes, we can see it for what it really is.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this discussion has made you think more about how the lack of death present throughout Girls’ Last Tour was used as a way to illustrate the perspective from which we as the viewers/readers were seeing the world. While it’s not the first series I’ve seen that does something like this, I do think it did a very nice job of revealing it at the end.

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