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Boy Meets Maria

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Además, eso de que Arima se haga cercano a Taiga porque se parece al hombre que lo ayudo cuando estaba siendo abusado (que resulta ser el papá de Taiga) es, al menos, extraño. Y que la razón por la que esté confundido respecto a su género fuera porque su madre lo obligaba a vestirse y actuar como una niña, es decir, según los estereotipos de género respecto a cómo una niña femenina debe ser, me parece cuestionable, especialmente porque esto sería un factor por el que después sería abusado. No creo que haya llevado bien ni el enamoramiento de Arima por Taiga ni sus sentimientos respecto a su género. Sí puedo creer que tiene algunos sentimientos románticos hacia él y que con el tiempo podría desarrollar más dicho sentimiento. No creo que esto haya valido la pena. La historia no iba ningún lado y definitivamente no fue la suficientemente buena para compensar el daño emocional que me causó leerla. Me tomo 10 días sentirme lo suficientemente tranquila para poder hablar sobre este manga y escribir una reseña. There is a sense in Boy Meets Maria of the need to challenge assumptions and expectations. Despite Taiga’s declaration of stereotypical heroism, we see an establishing illustration which depicts Arima (wearing a dress and a scowl) carrying a besotted Taiga bridal style, immediately foreshadowing his change of perspective. PEYO pushes this further both in the narrative and the aesthetics. Hanase Qi’s cover design is deceptively sweet. Arima cowers beneath frills and flowers and other stereotypically feminine accouterments, but soft pinks and blues offset what could be ominous. Sprinkled throughout the manga are boisterous Taiga’s interactions with an increasingly exasperated Arima. PEYO spends just enough time establishing this tone before shifting. Scenes of domestic abuse and illness, sexual assault and rape jar against visual comedy. This is not an unrealistic depiction of young people processing trauma and abuse. There are good moments – moments of levity and healing – and there are moments of pain.

You know that feeling when the world seems like it’s caving in and crumbling around you, suffocating you to the point that you have to curl up to protect yourself? The feeling of helplessness that you started to accept it, then suddenly find a hand being offered right in front of you, promising you that “everything is going to be alright.” and “you are not alone”?Starting with Arima, or "Maria", by far the most impactful character, he is the one who really moves the story, but not in a literal way, but "sentimentally" speaking, you know? Arima is a character very much rooted in his personal traumas, because even though he was born as a man, his mother, due to her own traumas and frustrations, decides to see Arima as a girl, dressing and treating him as such, a fact that boggles Arima's mind, because even though he feels like a boy, and likes "boy things", people see him as a girl, due to his feminine appearance, and dealing with such feelings and thoughts, at the age of 6 or 7, can really traumatize a person's life. But as if this wasn't enough, Arima ends up going through one of the worst situations a person can go through, which is being sexually abused by a person close to you. Eguchi then launched the Kimio Alive manga in October 2019 in Monthly Shonen Magazine, and the manga was ongoing. Kodansha published the manga's first compiled volume on April 16 and published the second volume on August 17. No me convenció que Arima tenga disforia por un trauma, porque estaría recayendo en el prejuicio de ser trans es "provocado" o "causado" por un trauma. Ciertamente no todas las experiencias de las personas trans no son iguales, pero mayormente por los medios se ha repetido mucho este caso, esperaba que esta vez fuera diferente.

Oct 25 Yearning Teens, Frustrated Romance, Pretty Skies — Is There Anything Else to Makoto Shinkai?The art was absolutely so beautifully constructed and the panelling was very well done. And many of the ideas explores really reminded me of Shiminami Tasogare (Our Dreams at Dusk) which is one of my favourite mangas.

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