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Mar 9, 2009 5:43 PM

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Man... I find it impossible to give this story a proper review without mentioning spoilers.

What I loved about this story is way all the little mundane details can be interpreted in another manner. For example, Okita could be simply seen as a retired veteran who stubbornly refuses to eat the meals that are set before him. On the other hand, one could also view him as a man whose poor appetite reflects his lack of desires or passions. By the end of the narrative, food gains a special meaning due to its close association with purpose. This story shows that life requires not only the means but also meaning for sustained existence, and Okita’s pitiful state is the result of him depriving himself of both.

This runs contrary to the common tragedy wherein a person’s downfall is brought about by ambition and hubris. Rather than featuring a man who is full of himself, the main character is better described as “empty”.

When Yoshida of Choshu is defeated by Okita, he laments:
”Your skills… If they are due to your loyalty to the Tokugawa, then it truly is a shame…”
But when he realizes that the man who killed him had been fighting for no cause at all, he breaks into tears.
Modified by Yuunagi, Mar 9, 2009 5:49 PM
Oct 26, 2012 3:28 PM

Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 414
A good way to show people who simply think of the death of Okita Souji as something unreasonable and flat that there are other possibilities (although, I don't think such a romance was present, unfortunately, at that very moment)

Good manga and a must for everyone who likes the shinsengumi-themed stories. Especially for fans of Peacemaker.

Oh! - GREAT ART! Exactly what I wanted to see and wth a great quality.

Aug 1, 2013 5:41 AM
The Shrike

Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 9422
Everything Makoto Yukimura has written has impressed me so far. He has a true feel for depicting deep yet unpretentious characters and he subtly asks questions of the reader. This one shot was breathtaking in it's simplicity and purpose.
"Perhaps there is a universal, absolute truth. Perhaps it justifies every question. But that's beyond the reach of these small hands." Mamoru Oshii

There is a cult of ignorance (...) nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov

Jun 13, 2014 3:40 AM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18
actually this is my first time reading a nonfictional manga about the shinsingomi, and I really like it.
I love how at the end, his empty heart who was lost and don't knew his purpose, has found out the raeson behind killing someone or something.
he was heading to kill the killer, who think that it's like him, but he found out the difference between 'em .
Sep 9, 2016 2:23 PM

Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 5049
I wasn't all that impressed by this one-shot tbh.
Jan 9, 2017 2:32 AM

Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 1764
i fee little sad but well.. that how samurai end
Aug 23, 2017 9:45 PM

Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 79
This one-shot was impressive. I like it.
Feb 15, 2018 10:18 AM

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Posts: 1905
meh, yukimura can do better than this.
May 9, 2019 2:49 AM
Joined: Sep 2018
Posts: 95
I'm usually not a fan of one-shots but i liked this one for a change, a good represantation of what one-shots can achieve.