Birth of the 2D complex

I started reading Ai Kora about three years ago. The chapters were released with relative speed, and the story was entertaining. However, something must have happened to the original scanlators of the series because they have been excruciatingly slow these past two years. (I am not blaming them: I am grateful of the work they have done and I have no right to complain; I am just stating a fact.) It was to my surprise that a band of different scanlators have worked on the series and one of them have finally released the last chapter of the series. I had already finished college and am now into post-graduate studies to become a doctor, but I am extremely thankful that it was finally done.

I recall asking about the series in my impatience and people have told me that the story did not resolve properly. I now think they have been pulling my leg: the series, despite being dragging at times, it has managed to end in a good, and more importantly, clean note. The girls have been quite dynamic, and much light has been shed on their characters. They have also developed well throughout the series, although due to the fact that this is a harem, there was most probably going to be at least one clear loser. In this series it was, sadly, the girl I liked among the ladies, Yukari. Whether it was the age gap or simply Hachibei’s attraction, it was a sad sight to see her being defeated (by the traditional tsundere, no less). I think it was already established as early as the 64th chapter, however, who Hachibei really liked among the women: he even kissed Sakurako first, by his own volition. Since this isn’t really a ponderous or grave manga series I will not go into its dissection as I do with Tatami Galaxy.

There is, quite an apt page, however, that explains (among other things) why people like two-dimensional women and why Watashi can even get to ‘love’ Kaori in an ‘extremely sophisticated’ way:

Read the first four panels, of course, from right to left.

Read the first four panels, of course, from right to left.

A lot of people are afraid of uncertainty: in addition, trust is difficult to build up but so easy to destroy. Why even suffer this lack of certitude with people? Why not devote oneself to something that is not fickle, that is stable, that is unfailingly unfeeling? Thus, the 2D complex was born.

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2 Responses to “Birth of the 2D complex”

  1. Vendredi Says:

    One might also note there’s a certain amount of imagination required to visualize a 2D image, especially a stylized one, so the opportunity is there to project idealized traits and attributes.

  2. anime|otaku » Blog Archive » Tatami Galaxy (Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei) – 07: the 2D complex sublimed Says:

    […] Vendredi commented succinctly yet wonderfully in a recent post of mine about the 2D complex, One might also note there’s a certain amount of imagination required to visualize a 2D image, especially a stylized one, so the opportunity is there to project idealized traits and attributes. […]

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