It’s out !
2 surprise color pages! I’m starting to think CLAMP-NET.COM has given up announcing color pages for Kobato., they haven’t announced any of the previous color pages for quite some time now.
So cute Kobato-chan with feathers. Are you really an angel, little dove?
The editor’s comment in the splash page says that Kobato. is running with a fast development, and honestly I have to agree. Just the previous chapter I mentioned how quick Kobato started to realize her feelings for Fujimoto, so I think this comment is fairly correct.
I understand that it may seem slow like hell because we get 14 pages a month, but if you take a full volume and read it, you’ll notice that a lot of things happened in one volume.
I’m growing fond of Genko, somehow xD I find it amusing that such a big bear loves cooking baumkuchen xD
This chapter was very informative about these creatures’ true nature. For example, we learned that Ginsei was found and named by Ioryogi, they must have a master-student relationship (actually, that could have been the case at first, I think it developed to something bigger later xD). Because of that, Ginsei wouldn’t take anything from anyone. Genko threw his towel but Ginsei dodged it, but after Genko’s provocation he took the towel to dry himself off. I took that gesture as if Ginsei wants to prove to Genko and himself that he has changed and has grown out of Ioryogi.
Actually Ginsei slightly reminded me of Subaru in this chapter, the way he is hunting Ioryogi down, and how he looks like he was hurt by Ioryogi, reminds me of Seishirou and Subaru (in a waaaaay, please Sei/Sub fans, don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing Seishirou to a dog or Subaru to a raccoon-like creature xD).
We also learn that it seems Ioryogi is someone with a big influence in Heaven, that’s impression I got anyone. His name means “500 Gods” , he made an uproar in Heaven and what’s more, he has a contract with God to grant Kobato’s wish. Genko and the others were brought to the human world because of the mess Ioryogi did.
We still don’t know how to link these facts yet, how one thing led to another, was he expelled from Heaven and now has to pay a price to return? Too cliche?
Back to Ioryogi’s real name, with kanjis, to start with its very interesting meaning, 500 Gods, it reminded me of something Nekoi said in an interview about his name. She said that at first the name “Iorogi” would be given to a XXXHOLiC male character (but she doesn’t mention who), but then they found another name for the character and ended up giving “Ioryogi” to Kobato’s dog.
I always wondered who that XXXHOLiC character might be, and after seeing the kanjis for Iorogi, I’m almost certain it was Doumeki.
Doumeki’s name is written as 百目鬼, and it’s roughly translated as 100-eyed Devil.
Iorogi’s name is written as 五百祇, and it’s roughly translated as 500 Gods.
Very similar, aren’t they?
It makes me wonder why Kobato calls him Ioryogi, something tells me that he wants to hide his real identity, and if that’s the case, maybe Kobato has no clue about Heaven or Ioryogi’s origins.
This is getting interesting ^^