Well, I’m back after another short break (unscheduled and unplanned) but a couple of things came up.
Today, I’m here with another OWLS post on a personal favourite manga of mine- Mikako san.
Who are OWLS?
For all those of you who don’t know who OWLS are, we are a group of anibloggers who strive to promote self respect and acceptance. To know more about OWLS, visit the official site.
This month’s prompt is “Lover”
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When it comes to romantic relationships, what do we look for in a partner? What core values do we seek when it comes to building a healthy and loving relationship? For this topic, we will be discussing some of our favorite couples in pop culture and what they have taught us about love and relationships, the good and the bad.
I agree that this series isn’t the one anyone would pick first for a topic like this.
For one, Mikako-san, though categorised under Romance is mainly a Slice of Life story.
Secondly, it’s one of those strange stories that make you inexplicably sad in a way you cannot explain nor understand.
Then there’s the fact that the story is so vague, it’s pretty much like reading poetry. So you don’t know if what you make out of it (especially the ending) is what the author wanted to depict.
Of course, it’s for all these reasons that you should definitely go read it.
What does ‘love’ expect from a partner?
As a person, if someone asked me what I’d expect from a partner (romantic), I wouldn’t really have an answer.
The thing is, I don’t really understand love. I use my age as an excuse to say that I am young, and naive and I don’t know. But somewhere I doubt myself. For this reason, I framed the question this way. Not what you expect out of a partner, but rather what your concept of love does.
Take Katou for instance. He asked Mikako out, his reason being she’s calm and matured.
But in reality, it seemed like he wanted some sort of stability, like that of Mikako’s presence.
And while Mikako doesn’t give any reason for accepting, it seems to me that she wanted one decision in her life that needn’t be confusing, hard to take or difficult to think about. And so she says yes, even though her heart keeps drifting to another person.
So, what then does love expect from a partner? A sense of stability? A feeling of well being or perhaps a solid support by your side?
I think, maybe it’s a mixture of all, added with a sense of fondness and comfort.
While Mikako and Katou create a transient semblance of something like this, Mikako’s friend Nao vies after Midorikawa, despite being emotionally hurt all the way by his uncaring attitude. Though, it should be mentioned that he never agreed to have a relation with her, she sort of just one sidedly decided things.
What values does a relationship envision?
Some things that would come to your head are Trust, Comfort, Love, Stability maybe.
But this again, is something with no standard definition, it changes depending on the people involved and the situation they are in.
In Mikako-san, we can see all examples of what relationships shouldn’t have to depict.
With Midorikawa and Nao, we see what is a doomed relation, where one partner is completely uninterested and the other forces them, even knowing about this.
With Midorikawa and Mikako, we see what could perhaps have been a relation, but both force themselves to move away, to tie themselves in a way they cannot question, “What if maybe?”
With Katou and Mikako, there is a strange imbalance in what resembles peace. Both are satisfied, yet not, both are synchronized, unharmonised.
With Ms Shie and her unnamed lover, things are warm, but fleeting.
In that way, all the pairings in Mikako san are alike, in the way they are not whole.
Endings and Beginnings
Somehow I did a terrible job of explaining myself in this post…. In my defense, and borrowing words from “The Name of the Wind” it’s like trying to explain ‘blue’ without using the word ‘blue’.
I promise you, this will make a lot more sense if you’ve read Mikako-san.
Definitely try out the series, it’s a great read, though a tad bit melancholic and will make you terribly sad for no reason.
So in the end, what does it mean to be lovers? Is it friendship that has some other things? Or is love by itself something we aim for? Mikako-san answers this question with more questions, as food for thought.
For this OWLS tour, yesterday Pinkie-san wrote a post talking about Ash and Misty from Pokemon. Be sure to read that next, if you haven’t read it already.
Also keep your eyes out for Shinku-senpai’s post for tomorrow.
Definitely check them both out, I guarantee they’ll make more sense than I did ahahaha.
Thanks for reading! And don’t forget to leave your thoughts on ‘lovers’, Mikako-san, and lovers in Mikako-san!