Comic 1402 - Kaminari - Chains

25th Aug 2021, 10:34 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Kaminari - Chains
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Jocelyn 25th Aug 2021, 10:34 AM edit delete
There's a lot to unpack here. Themes analagous to Rain's story. The name, Lilith, has surely come up before. Rei - the one of Kaminari's companions I've focused on least over the course of the story - coming to bust her out of her shackles.

It's a lot to take note of, but not a lot I'd like to say. So I hope you enjoy this page, and we'll talk more next time. ^_^

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Riverflowmxrmaid 25th Aug 2021, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Great work on this page :)
Can’t wait to see the last part of the episode!
Gilly 25th Aug 2021, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Unfortunate that it is not the manga, not that they could watch together but it would be a good excuse to do more pages faster without color. hahahaha
Allison (not that one) 25th Aug 2021, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
I don't know how practical it is to edit the text in your frames, but:
\begin{grammar nit-pick}
In panel #4, I think you mean "than" rather than "then" in "than spend a single day without them."
\end{grammar nit-pick}
[Feel free to delete this comment if you want.]
Jocelyn 25th Aug 2021, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
@Allison (not that one)

Thanks for catching that. Fixed!

These pages are a little trickier to edit than the average page, but that was kind of an important fix, I think, practical or not. So I appreciate it. ^_^
Fourth Nate 25th Aug 2021, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
I could totally see this actually being the first episode of an anime! It's cool how it's more condensed than the older version of the story, kind of like how the transition from manga to animation often is
Kinkajou 25th Aug 2021, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
I've noticed you draw Rain's expressions very similar to Kaminari's... and Rain said a similar thing about her "wings" in her dream before Kellen cut her hair... that's too similar to be just a coincidence, right? I think Kaminari kind of represents Rain, and Rei, the silly guy might be Rudy, I think.
Adama 25th Aug 2021, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
The cuteness of the last two panels made me smile.
starlow 26th Aug 2021, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
i saw the name lilith and i started to freak out
Zibiah 26th Aug 2021, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
I love the elements of trans allegory in Kaminari. I'm sure we can all relate to the struggle of being "normal" vs being ourselves.

Being "normal" is safer, but comes with a great cost of its own.
Aelin 27th Aug 2021, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Sincere question: Kaminari says she cannot cut off her wings because they are part of her. They cause people to treat her differently, they get in the way.
If we are keeping with the strong Kaminari/Rain parallels, how does this fit with people who are transexual taking pills or getting surgery to change the body they were born with to get rid of parts that make them uncomfortable or make people treat them differently?
Jocelyn 27th Aug 2021, 1:23 AM edit delete reply

I think I see what you're getting at, but removing wings isn't meant to be a parallel to transition. It's more a parallel to that "Wonder Drug" Gavin spoke of way in the beginning of the story.

At that time, Gavin asked if Rain had the simple option to stop being trans - to live an easier life as a typical guy - would Rain take that option? Rain very adamantly and very quickly shot that option down.

Onajimi here, is saying Kaminari likewise has the option to make her life easier. Cutting off or hiding wings probably isn't easy, per se, but it could be a quick solution that would lead to Kaminari being less scrutinized/antagonized less. She's suggesting to Kaminari that there's an easy way out. Like Rain, Kaminari also shoots the option down.

Being a winged person is part of who Kaminari is.
Being a trans person is part of who Rain is.

If they take the adjective away to be what society wants from them - in other words, Kaminari pretends to be human or Rain pretends to be a boy - maybe they could blend easier in their everyday lives. But they would lose a part of who they are, and they'd never be happy like that. So they fight to be themselves, to be who they know they are and not what everyone else expects them to be.
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