A FairyTale Revisited (Part Two)June 26, 2008 at 8:00 am | Posted in Shinshi Doumei Cross | 13 Comments
This is the final part of my two-parter overview of ShinKuro. This will likely be my last fangirling for the series unless there’s an anime adaptation.
“I will show you a ‘happy ending.’ Even if I were to disappear.” Haine kept her promise at the very end and gave everyone a happy ending.
So because of that happy ending even I have to stop fangirling at some point (unless an anime comes up of course).
With the fact that I don’t really think there’s much of a plot in ShinKuro, one has to wonder where all my love for the series comes from.
Quite obviously, I love all the characters from the manga. And I mean all of them.
Haine, Taka-kun, Shizumasa, Ushio, Maora, Maguri, Senri, Komaki, Kusame, Tachibana, Itsuki, Ryokka, Maika, Kazuhito, Touya, Shouka, Kyouka, Kiriaki, Strahl…everyone.
Often manga with overly large casts fail miserably or get very dragged out. But ShinKuro gave everyone enough development to make pretty much every fan love…every character. I know I do.
I mean, Komaki is a side character who doesn’t have much (if any) impact on the main plot, but my love for her character cannot be denied!
Even Shizumasa who had so many fans hating him for so long earned almost everyone’s love in the end. Because he’s a sweet cute boy who loves his Nii-san and Haine! How can you not love him?
And ShinKuro definitely started my love for traps and gay boys in general with Maora and Maguri. And getting me to like Ushio, a girl who started out as a stereotype I dislike? Wow.
I could go on and on and on, but there’s no need. All the ShinKuro characters are just…wonderful. And I love them. That’s really all that needs to be said, right?
The main pairing for ShinKuro is obviously Haine and Taka-kun, but do you think that’s the only one I support? Pfft…no. Though, of course, they are my favorite.
I’m hesitant to go on too much here because of plans for a future post, but I will still give some love to almost all the couples I love.
Komaki and Kusame – OMG! So cute! And as a girl, I have a soft spot in my heart for a couple created when one girl’s unrequited love is returned. So cute too~!
Ushio and Senri – A rare teacher (or school doctor really) and student relationship that doesn’t come across as incredibly cliched. Because Sneri is a playful guy coupled with a girl ignoring his pursuits this pairing just equals automatic love for me~!
Maora and Maguri – I’m not into yaoi. When I stumble upon it as a side story in a manga, I’m fine, but I never actively seek it. But Maora and Maguri just have such a great story and they’re both such great characters so…Maguri and Maora forever!
Touya and Riiko – Ha, skipping over more important couples to go right for this one. Yes. Because both of them are so cute. And their happy ending was a big part of the ending of the manga.
And for some others we have the married couples of Itsuki and Ryokka as well as Kazuhito and Maika. And both couples are so great that I love them as well.
I know it’s a shoujo cliche, but I really love it when all the characters end up paired up and sure to get their happily ever afters. Especially when I love the characters all so much.
This is different from pairings. I’m not talking romantic relationships here, but just pure relationships of any sort. Because sure, romance is great. But personally I’ve always thought ShinKuro’s strength laid in the other relationships.
Komaki’s love for her nee-sama is probably what started to have me looking at the relationships outside of romance. And all of the relationships between all the characters have such great development.
Haine’s relationship with both sets of parents, Haine’s relationship with all of her twins, Ushio and Haine’s friendship, Maora and Haine’s friendship, Maguri and Taka-kun’s friendship, the student council’s group friendship overall!
Basically, any relationship between any characters, and I love it and enjoyed all the development given to it.
Especially since after chapter…38 I think of the manga, the thing I wanted most from the manga was the reconciliation between Shizumasa and Takanari. Those cute, cute twin boys.
Yes, I wanted it even more than Haine and Taka-kun getting together (though that was my number two). Because I guess I can idenfity with problems with siblings more than any of the other relationships (and relationship problems) in the manga.
It’s rare for me to like relationships outside of romance, but ShinKuro really got me excited for everything.
This will be a quick section, but the proper attention needs to be given to the specials that played such an important role in the manga.
Some of the best stories about the characters showed up in specials instead of the regular manga. If it weren’t for a certain couple of specials, my love for Komaki and my love for her pairing with Kusame would probably be cut in half.
Ushio’s story and character development are in a special. The only way you get to really find out about Riiko and Touya is in a special. Maora and Maguri’s past is all collected in two specials.
Without these special side stories, a lot of the characterization would be gone.
But it’s not like they’re all necessary to understand the story. I think that’s part of the…charm(?) of the series. The specials get to be a little extra you can read to better understand everything.
So take that you silly noobs who never buy the manga. You don’t get to really read the special. Ha.
Well, I knew I’d have to wrap everything up at some point…so here we go.
ShinKuro is…definitely (probably) my favorite Arina Tanemura manga.
I spent a lot of the past week thinking over exactly what I wanted to say about the end of the manga. It’s not like it all really has some special effect on me. I’m just a fan. I’m not the creator or anything. It’s kind of silly for me to love this series so much.
Well, even if I can see it flaws or even if there are other manga out there that I like more, no manga has ever made me go through the same emotional rollercoaster as ShinKuro.
I can see why not everyone like the ending (personally I loved it) now. And this is why I wanted to wait a little while before putting all my final thoughts out there. Because now I have a clear head and can sit down and properly collect all my thoughts.
I love ShinKuro. I love all the characters and their relationships. It’s just such a thoroughly enjoyable manga. It’s not the best. I know that. But it’s still one of my favorites.
You can show me some wonderful classic manga that is widely considered the best and I’ll just smile at you and say, “I think ShinKuro is better.” Because I enjoyed it. And that’s really all that matters after all.
After all, ShinKuro combined all my favorite things: complicated love triangles, fairytales, childhood love, elite schools, beautiful art, humor, romance, family relationships, friendships, and that wonderful Arina Tanemura storytelling.
Now…god…if Nana Mizuki ever did voice Haine, I think I’d have an overload.
To wrap up all sappiness and the drama that has covered the past few weeks, let me just state again:
I love ShinKuro because I enjoyed it. That’s all that’s really important.
You can’t challenge or change that. Fangirl love is forever~!
Ah. That’s it now. I guess I won’t be able to go on about ShinKuro again until an anime possibly gets announced (or will I? hahaha, that’s a secret for now).
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