Something that stuck out to me was the little info bit on Kotobuki. I'm wondering if she actually is going to do something useful, or if it is Yoshi just pulling another Cross. I'd love to see Kotobuki be something other than a mother. And what roles would she have that are "comparable to the men's"? Reconnaissance? Defending the village? I am somewhat optimistic as to what she could do, but also ready for crushing disappointment.
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Post by M-92 Mantis on Oct 7, 2014 10:26:44 GMT -7
As far as we know, Kotobuki is used as a messenger later on when the male ganin are out defending the home (Kuma specifically is defending the village?) In the village, both men and women know of ninjutsu, the art of concealment and espionage, since Taichi's mother wears her garb when she takes him and the puppies away to keep them safe (this is historically accurate; the Iga taught the women and children ninjutsu and samurai women were trained in defending themselves with the naginata to protect the home and children). Kotobuki then meets up with Sadamitsu, who gave his sword to Ouzaru, so Kuma gives his to Sadamitsu, and in turn Kotobuki gives hers to Kuma, rendering her without a weapon. Her goal is to get the message back to someone, not to fight, so she may have been more of the reconnaissance dog before she had the puppies... which still doesn't make sense since ninja actually hardly ever went into open combat unless they absolutely had to, and the dogs obviously are taught to be as invisible as possible.
After that there's not much else known at the time. Despite some people flipping tables in joy, Yoshi's done odd examples of mentioning women without going overboard in how helpless or weak they are, before. For example, in Gamu, the legendary parent trope goes to his mother, Honou, who was the strongest ganin alive and went down in history, making one of Gamu's titles 'the son of Honou.'
I wouldn't get my hopes up yet, especially this early. Cross was mentioned to be a warrior comparable to the men, too, and look how she turned out. Look at how practically any Ginga mother has turned out in never actually defending or having time for their children (I just want to see at least a competent mother, if anything.). Lydia has just as much fight scenes as Cross, if not more, and (as far as I can tell) a rank as a high officer because of her father's command over the army, and she was still treated like a sex joke because she was feeding her children and all the pervy old Ohu men were telling Jerome how nice her teats were, to which Jerome didn't defend her and just made a derp face when Lydia called them out.
Bella, finally a Ginga daughter... we saw how that all turned out. Even if she didn't fight, she still had absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and still doesn't, it seems.
Kotobuki may be a hit or miss, but just mentioning that Kotobuki is a ganin shouldn't be shocking. Kihei specifically breeds and takes care of ninja dogs, so it makes sense that he would want both parents to be successful ganin to pass down their traits to their children. Kotobuki may only be merely used for an additional opinion, even, since Ouzaru and the others go into the shed to converse with her about Sadamitsu and the Kouga. There is no exact proof in any dialogue yet of the returning "But because she was a female, Kotobuki lost / got hit / didn't know what to do / was helpless / died", so all we have are vague pictures to go on. We'll just have to see!
I'm diggin' Shirakami's floppy-looking ears. I'm hoping Yoshihiro does stories for each of these guys. I'd be really interested in seeing one like Shirakami set in WWII, considering breeds like the Akita were almost destroyed, but I don't think much is said about the other national breeds.
Thank you for that breakdown Rascal. Your notes are extremely detailed and helpful.
It does sound like she has some promise at this point anyway. I'm at least thankful that she is shown actually doing stuff so far. Even if she does become useless later, I'm glad she got to contribute a little bit. I'll pretty much take what I can get when it comes to Ginga females.
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