July 20th, 2006


Some people have waaaay too much time on their hands.

What does one get when crossing Suzumiya Haruhi and Death Note? (there's no end to them, is there?)


Current rec: きみはペット. Although the title certainly sounds rather like something for SM enthusiasts (and the tankoubon covers do nothing to dispel that image), it's quite far from it. It's nothing like certain stories by mangaka such as Shinjo Mayu and Aihara Miki (hm...ANN doesn't even have a page for Teacher's Pet...interesting...). The premise is rather strange...straight-laced workaholic Iwaya Sumire endeavours never to show a moment of weakness to anyone, even the man she loves. (The opening thought of the manga is, rather drastically, "I would rather die than cry in front of someone".) Tall, brilliant, and yet emontionally naive, this combination poses a near insurmountable problem in her life - Sumire finds it extremely difficult to depend on anyone else - only her dog had ever been her confidant. This changes when she finds a young man in a box outside her apartment, whom she lets stay with her on the condition that he becomes her pet (she never expected him to accept the offer...^^; ). Sumire rechristians him Momo (after her dog) and the two begin a strange relationship of interdependence...

ANN says of the drama adaptation; "The basic concept at the heart of the show is, what our pets might say if they could talk", but that isn't all there is to it. I never expected to like this story - the premise being so strange, the covers so suggestive, and art that I don't like much at all (for the most part, it's too simple, and well...ugly) but Momo just won me over ^^; He is manipulative sometimes, more so than any pet could ever be, but in a way, it's all to show his master how to be more sensitive to the feelings and desires of others, to show her that a relationship, whatever kind of relationship it is, isn't about being perfect in each other's eyes, but about giving and taking, accepting and relying upon each other. The quote I noted (at my other journal) from Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" fits the story pretty well in some ways.
"When we love others, we love them knowing their weaknesses, their follies, their imperfections, love them all the more, it may be, for that reason. It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love."
As of volume 5, the manga hasn't yet explored Momo's side all that extensively, at least not in comparison to Sumire's, but with 9 volumes remaining, I know (from spoilers) that Ogawa-sensei develops him, as well as Sumire's boyfriend (and the other people around her) much more. I just hope it doesn't become too repetitive, which these can become sometimes...

As a sidenote...Tokyopop can receive an award for the 'worst translation ever' simply for the injustice they did to the title....it's known in English as "Tramps like us"...