"I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth."

--Ursula K. Leguin

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Shin tenipuri

Okay, I've finally overcome my aversion and skimmed the new PoT issues. Conclusion: we are heading rapidly into Dragonball land, wherein reality takes a distinct and lasting second place to increasing power-ups and disbelief is not just suspended but hung by the neck until dead. Not really surprising.



On the other hand, we did get a Yukimura-Sanada match that did not suck and for that I will ignore a good deal.

I was also actually pretty interested by the last few issues, because they seem to be snapshots of the different teams' ethe, and particularly teaching methods. Tezuka wants people to figure it out for themselves and never, ever give up. Atobe acts like a total bastard but grooms and guides his successor carefully, and even affectionately in his own way.

*takes a moment to once again disbelieve that Kaidou is supposed to be the next captain, but that's just me*

And Yanagi hammers Kirihara 6-0 and resigns at the last minute with the admonition to stay at the camp and go further. Which is really just Rikkai in a nutshell. There is no mercy because that would be, after all, an indication of contempt.

I find all of this rather aesthetically pleasing, which I had almost given up on from Konomi.



Of course, this means we'll probably be rehashing advances that Kirihara has already made in the Regionals arc goddamn it, and I still haven't forgiven Konomi for rolling back that advancement. But as long as we get there, okay, fine, whatever.