Did you by any chance get around to reading shuriken no pleats? Hino wrote this after VK, and in case some didn't know this, there is a triangle there as well. This young Yuuki look-alike loves this much older man, and after meeting a new young and kind guy, Hino STILL finishes the manga with the beginning endgame that is the old guy and the main girl. Personally, I disliked it. But I could see how kaname could resemble the old guy in the manga and zero the young man. Any thoughts about this?
Hi there! Sorry for replying so late - school, exams, mid-life crisis bla bla…
I tried reading Shuriken No Pleats when it was scanlated, but it just didn’t cut it for me. The main girl was BASICALLY a ninja Yuuki?? And the story just didn’t reel me in, so I gave up. Plus, I was still pissed at Hino - still am to this day - so there was no real motivation to read it.
When I read your ask though, I went back and read the last few chapters to catch up and see this LT that you spoke of. And yeah, in some ways, you could say the elder british guy (of allllllll nationalities tho?? It just seems so random to plop in a British guy in a story about Japanese ninjas but heyo Hino logic) is a paralell to Kaname.
It’s a bit of a stretch tho. A real author wouldn’t constantly repeat storylines using similar characters in different stories. That’s not exactly decent writing. Then again………….. it’s Hino so…………
UHMM all shade aside, I did find one thing very interesting and that was the main girl’s unwavering loyalty and love for Kanam- uh, the British guy. Hehe. See what I did there?
Remember another cute manga girl that had a lot of unwavering love and loyalty for an elder guy that she ended up sacrificing her life after a thousand years of planning so he could be able to live on as a human free of worries and vampirism??
Parallels, Watson! It’s elementary. It might not be intentional, but this is a work of Hino’s, and her values - meaning what she means is love and affection and true love that exists for eternity versus plain old high school sweethearts - will always shine true in any work she does. I saw that the younger guy was clearly head over heels for the main girl, but she didn’t pay him any attention and still held onto the man she loved even when she thought he’d been killed - and BOY did I get some serious Deja Vu from that. It goes to show that a) Hino really looves pairing the main girl up with elder guys, and b) some types of love will always, always, always win. And some types of love won’t always be enough.
The ending was vague, but like you said, it was pretty much implied that her heart never strayed from the british guy and she never really responded to the younger guy’s feelings. So yeah, there is a strong connection to VK there.
Also, while we talking Hino’s work - in her previous manga MeruPuri, there’s a kiss scene between Aram and Airi that looks blindingly familiar…
So yeah. I’ll just leave this here….
Anyways, thanks for the ask and bringing up such an interesting subject!