SF Supplementary File #2C

Comic book, 2012

So, while this series’ stunning physical beauty is more than enough of a reason on its own to experience and love it, I’m going to free associate for a minute and see if I can’t figure out if there’s any particular message or point of view being expressed by the themes, because there isn’t any that I was able to see on my initial read through. So, the whole thing is very melancholy and introspective, told from the point of view of a mother figure who is attempting to let a son go out into the world on his own. She accidentally sends him to a terrible place to get his life started (an ocean planet, fulfilling his nickname of “Boundless Ocean Boy”, perhaps some sort of comment on his potential). She battles the planet to get him back, fighting a number of clones of him in the process. In the end it’s unclear whether or not Boundless Ocean Boy stays with his protector, who it is probably worth noting is a ruthless space pirate named Emeraldas who destroyed no less than two planets of bad people in these three issues. So yeah, I don’t know if I see a real perspective being delivered, but the whole thing is certainly drenched in emotion. It’s also got that Japanese comic thing, this being an adaptation of an older Japanese comic, where it seems like there’s no plot and all character development, because there’s so much focus on the characters’ origins, emotions and introspection, but then you say something about it like “Emeraldas who destroyed no less than two planets of bad people in these three issues” and you realize a whole lot actually did happen. Still haven’t wrapped my head around the differences in Japanese storytelling, I guess.

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