1 Name: Anonymous : 2020-05-21 21:46
I wanted to discuss this manga again so badly with someone and then I remembered about afternoon and our literal origins lol.
Anyways, would love to have a discussion about this manga in general. I reread it this past week and by the 10th chapter I was already in that peaceful world that Ashinano made. I havent' read it through in quite some time at least like 5 years but the effect was all but the same. I did notice a few more things or rather they just stood out more.
Alpha and Kokone's relationship was much more physical than even the manga implied I think. Kokone was honestly head over heels for Alpha. Alpha was quite the hobbyist lol, tinkering with her scooter, fixing up her cafe over and over, repairing the old toy airplane engine, etc. She struck me as much more of a male character this time around with a few exceptions.
I read it with a darker adult mind as well so another thing that I saw was how a lot of characters had a very low guard on the surface and at the same time the machines had their guard very high which was only subtly shown. Makki and the guy with the flying lizard for example were alone a lot, kokone and alpha's guns and how it's VERY subtle but their presence is made clear enough that they both have it close by at all times even if later in the manga you don't see them(the guns that is) much more because by that time I think the point was made. There was a bit more of a creepiness factor once night fell for me this time around, especially in the later chapeters with the sand people and fake buildings. It's hard to describe but it's like you're expecting at any time for things to head south and really go bad for the last remaining humans.
The setting overall is utterly fantastic, i've read hundreds, probably thousand(at least >1k anyway) of manga by now but YKK is just outstanding in the way its setting draws you in. The scenery, the subtlety of the details that just leave so much to speculation and implication. A notable one was the way mt. fuji's top is blown, it could've been the volcano erupting but also due to the way it's lopsided I took it to mean an asteroid had hit it. I just can't get enough of it, I've yet to read a manga that has such a peaceful setting, i'm honestly shocked it's not formally studied more. I still can't understand totally why it makes me feel the way it does. If regular people found out about something like this existing and it some how miraculously hit main stream I wouldn't be surprised it would become a smash hit. In fact, if I think about it hard enough The Office somewhat goes in the main direction of where YKK paved the way in terms of a peaceful setting where time passes yet nothing really matters, at least in the early seasons, and that's something that's cited in why it's so popular.
I dunno, I just could go on and on about it, I didn't expect that re-reading to make that big of an impact on me. If anyone is willing to discuss anything about it I would love to talk about it with you!