#oi this person has really great opinions about the anime#nabari no ou#I’m in the same boat and actually would recommend the anime to people#anime first them manga okay but the anime’s really good relatively short and worth a watch#of course it never occurred to me that kotarou could be the physical manifestation of a library#but damn that makes a lot of sense#also the soundtrack#the nabari soundtrack is gorgeous and sentimental and has a lot of emotional violin#but maybe I’m just partial toward the violin#anyway you should watch it#that’s what I’m getting at
Title: Nabari no Ou (“King of Nabari”, apparently, and sure, that makes sense)
Link: Funimation (sub and dub available for free)
Subject: This is a show about magic ninjas and the greatest magic to ever magic, which all the magic ninjas want for their own…
So, about Kotaro
In the last episode, when Kotaro and Shijima were in the tree (“Heart to Heart”, 11:28)
Kotaro: Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? I’m just going to watch and see how it plays out.
Shijima: Seriously? But you’re not immortal, like Koichi and I are. You only have so much time here on Earth.Kotaro: I’m afraid you’ve confused me with someone. I’m not the Kotaro Fuuma you think I am.See, he and I are very similar, and yet quite different.
Shijima: Sorry. You’re not making any sense.
Kotaro: Just be patient. Allow me to explain.
[Scene: panning over books and archives back in Fuuma]
Kotaro: My true form exists within the records and documentation of Kotaro Fuuma. Among all of his research on the Shinra Banshou: that is where my true form lies. You see, that is where the real Kotaro Fuuma exists. And yet at the same time, I’m here.
Mostly, I’m taking this to mean that we always meet spirit!Kotaro. Spirit!Kotaro is the physical manifestation of real!Kotaro’s research and/or obsession. They earlier stated that the archives that were panned to was an entire library made up of the research that real!Kotaro had conducted over the years.
Additionally, all of the forbidden techniques came with a cost. The magic elixir came at the cost of human lives. Telepathy caused mental degradation; Kira caused a degradation of your life force. They never specified the cost of Shapeshifting. What if the cost of it was your own physical degradation? If you keep transforming, you stop being yourself.
Like, I jumped to a lot of conclusions, but I just like the idea of a magic library spirit.
Oh, and another headcanon:
Yukimi said he named human!Yoite after a cat he once had. He later reminisced, “Whatever happened to that cat? It just vanished one day.” Headcanon: cat!Yoite was Shijima, probably doing reconnaissance.
Also, “Yoite” means “dust on the wind.” Way to foreshadow, guys.
Your point about Kotarou makes a whole lot of sense. They don’t really explore that in the manga, which I’ve read much more recently than I’ve seen the anime, so it could be an anime-only interpretation, but damn if that isn’t fitting. It’s so like Fuuma to bind his soul into his research.
It would also make a lot of sense for the cost of shapeshifting to be physical degradation. Kotarou actually suffers this at the end of the manga, especially after spending so much time in a different form even from his regular form, and it worsens as we watch, too.
I think Yukimi mentioned that his cat Yoite was a tabby or a calico, some patterned cat. I’d thought it was Shijima too until I re-read the manga. BUT. You know who does fit that description?
Even if Yukimi had that cat when he was younger, cats live a long time, so the same cat could plausibly still be alive. And that would be really cool because it would complete the cycle.
(Of course, I’m not sure about this in the slightest, and I just thought of it now, but hey, why not?)
I’m sorry to jump in on a side point which probably won’t make any sense to the OP, but although I think there might be a deliberate resemblance (it’s kind of a small flashback image we get of it and I think it’s darker and more extensively patterned, but that could be shading), Yukimi’s old cat is almost certainly not Yoi’s mother. Domestic cats live about 15 years, Domestic cats which become strays considerably less, I would think. Yukimi had it as a teenager, so at least 9 years ago, probably more like the 12 used in his other flashbacks. In the translation I’ve seen he states that it got old and that after it vanished he eventually found its body.
It is interesting that the anime bothered to include that detail, given that they didn’t tether it to the point it was being used to make in the manga, though. The difference in the line does kind of illustrate the difference in this version of Yukimi, i.e. someone much more tenuously connected to his attachments than he is in the manga. Or, considering the parallels with his relationship with Yoite, someone who is emotionally a huge chicken.
On another note, doesn’t ‘Yoite’ mean ‘evening breeze’ or something of that nature?
Hey, don’t be sorry; Nabari discussion is great, even when we don’t necessarily agree on everything.
I think you’re right. Now that you mention it, I do recall Yukimi mentioning finding the cat’s body later, and Kazuho being torn up over its death.
The detail you’re referring to being Yukimi mentioning the old cat he had named Yoite?
Early in the manga, Yukimi’s character was developing and he wasn’t nearly as caring or invested in his relationships as he was later. Later, when Kamatani got a better grip on who Yukimi was as a person, he was depicted as the ‘Papa Yukimi’ we’ve all grown to love, even in flashbacks.
Anime adaptions of manga that are still running infrequently have such liberty to define characters, and that was probably the case with the anime’s interpretation of Yukimi. Kotarou is a different story, but they mentioned that after the anime’s divergent climax; at that point, the rest of the ending was all up to the people making the anime. But you’re right, the way they portrayed Yukimi definitely kept him less emotionally invested in his relationships.
Would you care to elaborate on the point you were making? And the parallels in his relationship with Yoite between manga and anime. I don’t think I understood fully, and it’s been too long since I watched the anime to recall these details well enough.
As an aside, the anime followed the manga for a substantial period of time (proportionally to the pre-chapter 50 arc, that is). It follows pretty well out of the Alya Academy arc, through Tobari leaving Banten and Miharu and Yoite fleeing the Kairoushuu only to return, more or less, to Banten, to Raikou and Gau defecting as well to help Miharu and Yoite out… (The last detail, unfortunately, ending in Raikou’s totally pointless death in the anime.) There are a number of similarities between the anime and manga that I’m not sure were intentional, such as the Kairoshuu intelligence group in the anime that, although consisting of entirely different people, is suspiciously like Kasa’s intelligence unit. I’m not sure of the timeline, when episodes of the anime were released and how they line up to when different chapters of the manga were published, so I couldn’t take a guess as to whether those similarities were intentional. I really don’t think the anime is given enough credit.
Manga spoilers below.
As another aside, I know the OP and I weren’t the only people who had suspected for a time that Yukimi’s old cat might have been Shijima, and if that had been the case, the significance would have been really cool. Because then, you wouldn’t just have the cycle that exists in the manga (and the horrible heartbreaking sensation when Yukimi said that the kitten Yoite was named after a cat he’d had and there was suddenly a gap in the cycle. But moving on because we are talking about Yukimi and I’m not supposed to be giving massive spoilers about the manga WHOOPS I’M SO SORRY).
You would have a cat with a human heart, marked by her inability to die. The human marked and haunted and for a good portion of his storyline, defined by, death. And then, after he had accepted life, after Yukimi had gone to find the time when he had truly been alive, the young life of this regular cat to break the cycle.
And let me tell you. That would have been damn cool.
Hey. I’m the OP, but I’m posting this to my side blog, instead of the blog I share with my friends (ILiveWithEngineers).
So, I went and pulled out the text from the anime:
The dub of ep 19 “Profile of an Angel of Death”:
Yukimi [NM]: I honestly don’t know if you just don’t have a name, or if you just don’t want to say it. I can’t call you kid forever.
Yukimi: What’s a good name? __? __? __? [Stares out at the city]
Yukimi: The wind… of dust…: Yoite.
Yoite: *perks up*
Yukimi: I can’t call you that. It’d be kind of weird, ‘cause I used to have this cat named Yoite. No teenage boy wants to be named after a cat.
Yukimi [NM]: And that’s how he got his name.
Yukimi [NM]: Come to think of it, whatever happened to that damn cat? Took the little bastard in, gave it a name, the next thing I know, he up and disappears. Never saw the little guy again.
Yukimi: Oh man. Yoite. Who are you, really?
The sub is a little different for most of the lines. The salient point for the translation is at 16:44:
So, in regards to the translation, the dub says “The wind of dust” (which I propose is foreshadowing), and the sub says “The night breeze” (which is in line with what astraliminal said). I watched the dub.
I didn’t read the manga (and won’t; manga’s just not my cup of tea), so I can’t comment on the rest of it. I assume the anime even mentions the cat for 1 of 2 reasons: 1) as a nod to the manga, if that was a significant plot that they couldn’t fit, or 2) the anime was diverging and wanted to imply that cat!Yoite was Shijima, because conservation of characters.