sarah liveblogs the dnangel manga

(the scanlation was terrible like that was a terrible translation, so here, have the Japanese version)

I’m afraid I’m gonna break Mary with this

I think most of us know what he says here: that he can hear Risa’s words of love in his own heart.

But let’s have some fun with kanji.

I’m actually really amused that this was a subject that came up in Japanese class a couple weeks ago.  The verb “kiku” can either mean to “listen” or to “ask”, and there are different kanji for each.  Obviously, Dark is using it for “listen” in this context…but there are two different kinds of “listen”, and the nuances are delivered via the kanji used to spell out the word.

The first is the usual, written 聞く.  It’s like when you hear someone speaking–really normal stuff.  But as you can see, that’s not what’s used here.

The second kind of listen is written as above, 聴く.  It’s a bit more specific.

It’s for when you listen to music or poetry.

KRAD SPEECH

私の名は「クラっド」・・・ですが、覚えていただかなくても結構です。

My name is Krad…however, it is fine if you do not remember it.

Okay, first off, “私の名” just sounds polite as fuck.  He’s also got full polite sentence structure.  AND THEN he uses that same いただく (itadaku) verb I mentioned with Dark earlier.  In this case, the context is about Daisuke remembering his name.  The verb 覚える, to remember, is conjugated appropriately, and the itadaku is added at the end, with the idea of “feeling humbled by having something (in this case, his name) remembered”.  結構 (kekkou) is also the much more polite way of saying いい (ii), which just means “good” or “fine.”

And he’s saying this while choking Daisuke.

can i just jump back to krad’s first appearance for a second

because he says to daisuke, upon meeting him

我が同族の翼主(テイマー)である丹羽大助。

literally “daisuke niwa, the tamer of my kind”

after saying that he had waited for daisuke to awaken and needed to pay his respects

so like i think only daisuke is technically a tamer. satoshi is not. there is no ‘one tamer per family each generation’ thing, there is a 'something in the niwa family makes them tamers’ thing

just like there is a 'something in the hikari family makes them creators’ thing

and i wouldn’t be TOO surprised if the same artworks that called the hikari members 'creators’ then also called the corresponding niwa the 'tamer’

what does this mean???? who knows. who fucking knows

GUYS

I’M CRYING

THIS PAGE…THAT’S NOT WHAT HE SAYS.  IT’S CERTAINLY WHAT HE MEANS.  BUT IT’S NOT WHAT HE SAYS.

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okay so kanji can have furigana next to them, which tells you how to pronounce them.  manga utilizes this by giving interesting kanji combinations and using the furigana to give both the intended meaning and the proper pronunciation.  one interesting case of this is the use of the word “Tamer” in DNAngel.  the furigana is テイマー: Tamer.  the kanji used is 翼主, which fucken means “WING LORD” or “WING MASTER”.  LIKE JFC HOW COOL IS THAT?! 

the same thing happens here: as it’s written, Satoshi says “押し込めたKRADをきっとまた目覚めさせることになる” in that middle bubble.  Sure, he’s talking about Krad.

but the furigana says 俺.  he’s referring to himself.  he blames himself for all of krad’s actions

I mean we all knew this before, but this sort of slapped the issue in my face.

CRIES.

I’M GOING TO BLOW A GASKET

HOW DO I FORGET SOMETHING LIKE THIS BASTARD BEING A HIKARI

DOES THE HIKARI FAMILY HAVE A MAIN BRANCH??? DOES HIWATARI COME FROM A SIDE OF THE FAMILY THAT ISN’T AFFECTED BY THE CURSE? MAYBE SOMEONE HAD TWO KIDS AND ONLY THE OLDER ONE GOT KRAD? OR MAYBE A BOY AND A GIRL, AND ONLY THE BOY (OBVIOUSLY) HAD TO DEAL WITH SHIT?

WHTA TH EFUCK HOW DO I FORGET HE’S A HIAKRI

this short scene with takeshi and his dad is so important

first, because we really do barely know anything about the saehara family and their relationship with each other, and this short conversation gave us a little bit of insight.  even so far as to show the trust papa saehara has in takeshi (specifically, about takeshi’s opinion on dark)

and second, because we get to see that papa saehara KNOWS the accusations that dark kidnapped risa stink something awful–he KNOWS that this is far removed from dark’s M.O. and it’s really really nice to see that.

i’m pretty sure takeshi would be on board with daisuke 100% if he ever found out what was going on, but i’d also like to think his dad would be too. if he knew the things dark was stealing could pose a legitimate threat to civilians, i’m pretty sure he’d be at the very least conflicted about his duty.

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wait okay hold on backtrack because i love daisuke this post is gonna be about daisuke and about satoshi and daisuke

look at this baby’s face when satoshi asks the question about sin

he’s, like, gone catatonic. like the gears there are starting to work and things are threatening to fall into place and daisuke already has this MASSIVE bias against the Niwa Family Business and has met so so so SO many sympathetic and beautiful artworks (i get the impression that the hikari (+menou lol) artworks met get more and more outright antagonistic while still retaining some level of sympathy as the story goes on but that’s for another time. also it was timed with this revelation so i feel like that might be a story/meta purpose but ALAS, ANOTHER TIME)

so like, daisuke doesn’t have the kind of experience with the more violent hikari artworks and would probably be like wELL I HAVE THE ANSWER TO THAT. but the whole thing is just so raw that he just. he can’t.

and then satoshi looks at him and daisuke comes out of it with this little BLUSH on his face (this is, like, the second time daisuke has seen satoshi smile and the first time was maybe a week or a few days ago)

and i mean we ALL KNOW that satoshi says daisuke is the only one to have ever made him smile, we SEE THAT LATER it’s one of the most emotional moments in the whole series

but like

here it is, in action.

daisuke doesn’t just make satoshi smile because of daisuke’s personally and antics. he makes satoshi smile because satoshi wants to make daisuke comfortable. he has found someone that he wants to maybe go out of his way to tell them ‘it’s okay.’

he’s not just smiling at daisuke. he’s smiling FOR him. and that is such a huge thing for satoshi.

are you ready for me to read into this too much

i mean it. probably way too much

in the previous page, the last panel, daisuke looks like this

as he confronts satoshi

as soon as satoshi touches him, tho his eyes get fairly fucking blank, and then there’s the closeup on satoshi’s eyes as well

there’s also a closeup of satoshi’s hand, with the ring

maybe daisuke startles at not just satoshi reaching up to touch him, but also at seeing that ring.

i THINK daisuke watched kosuke give that to satoshi through the cameras (it has been two years i could be wrong), so daisuke knows exactly what it’s meant to do.  daisuke seeing that ring right when satoshi tells him that his family is short lived is like this double whammy for daisuke, who has never really HAD to face the truth behind the curse before right this moment…and all this right after watching satoshi fight for dominance against krad.

like, i’ve said before i don’t actually think daisuke really understands satoshi and his pov of the curse, illustrated so painfully by satoshi himself at the end of part 1, but these were daisuke’s first steps. but these truths don’t really have any other option but to ring kind of fantastical and, while not hollow, definitely LACKING some kind of substance; this is all thanks to his upbringing, which while it has given him so many amazing advantages it has also punched him in the gut like this on multiple occasions.  dark is very roundabout in the way his curse works, and whether dark actively tried to do so or not daisuke has kind of squarely fallen into his trap up until now (and hell, even AFTER THIS, even AFTER DAISUKE FINALLY KNOWS).  so all these things happening at once, really understanding that dark is more than a strange family quirk, just sorta knocks him out for a bit

satoshi, tho.  satoshi looking at that ring.  it’s a small one-time-use amulet, a brief reprieve from the curse. but that’s all it is. that’s all it can ever be–that’s all ANYTHING can ever be.  because as he says, it’s punishment. this curse is retribution for what his ancestor(s) dared to do, and satoshi is so entrenched in it, so 100% the opposite of daisuke, that he fully believes he deserves to suffer the punishment as well.

even daisuke, too. satoshi dared to hope (and you can see it later in this scene), but then daisuke proved how little he understood. in the end, maybe even daisuke was nothing but a short reprieve.  nothing but a little, one-time-use amulet whose effects will wear off after too long.

tl;dr i’m a ngry and sad

(points) IMPORTANT. THIS SAYS SO MUCH

THIS PANEL SAYS SO MUCH

“because you are the way you are” is basically what he’s saying

and what is daisuke doing in this moment, in this panel, while he’s just fucking being himself

he’s reaching out to satoshi, clutching him, refusing to let him go.  not just physically, like this, keeping them physically close. but emotionally, reaching out and trying with his whole heart to get to know satoshi better, refusing to let some stupid fucking family feud get in the way of a friendship that daisuke has come to treasure, refusing to let a 400 year old curse strip him of the opportunity to show satoshi just how beautiful life can be.

and now we see just how much satoshi has come to treasure it too

There are so many things I can’t handle on this page.

  1. Dark calls Daisuke “aibou” wITH A <3
  2. SUDDENLY WEDDING??
  3. Dark are your wings coming through your suit why would you ruin a perfectly good suit like that.
  4. Kosuke and Daiki crying in the background
  5. Satoshi lamenting his loss in the background (WHAT FUCKING LOSS??????)
  6. With and Towa blowing horns or something idfk
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the whole end of this chapter

dark is reaming daisuke for overestimating his own ability in probably the rudest way possible. and i mean, a part of it (a small part?) may come from dark’s own worry that daisuke overdid it, but he is nevertheless going to fucking town on daisuke

when daisuke thanks dark for saving him you can see the way that was it’s own little punch to the gut. he’s trying to keep face by saying stuff like “like i said from the beginning” and whatnot

but then he does the thing

“you’ve finally opened your eyes to my existence inside of you. i am you.”

and just look at daisuke’s face. there’s confusion there, but there’s also a kind of wonder, or maybe happiness.

hhhhhhhhh child. child you need to. to be careful. you need to be cAREFUL