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Boy Meets Maria

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Boy Meets Mariais a BL manga one-shot written and illustrated by PEYO. The one-shot is published and localized in English by Seven Seas Entertainment, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adapted by Lora Gray, and lettered by Danya Shevchenko. It features a cover design by Hanase Qi. The manga focuses on two teenagers: Taiga and Arima.

Eu gosto muito da estética desse mangá, pois ao mesmo tempo que ela é “normal” e até mesmo um pouco “Genérica”, o autor conseguiu criar alguma personalidade em seu estilo artístico, devido a forma com que ele trabalha de maneira inseparável a arte da narrativa, e isso é algo muito difícil de explicar em palavras, mas vou tentar. That's really all I have to say about Boy Meets Maria. It's pretty highly acclaimed, and I can see the reason why people liked it, but I already explained why this wasn't particularly something I enjoyed. It's a little sad though, stories like these are to enjoy, and I don't really have the highest of standards, but I really only want consistency and not another experience where nothing makes sense or is outrageously annoying (ReLife former, Golden Time latter). It's sadder that the creator of this manga has actually passed away too. They seemed to be going strong with another manga after the creation of this one. A sad loss for the industry indeed. But I thank Eguchi Kousei for making Boy Meets Maria even if I wasn't the biggest fan. Si meramente sospechas que no vas a poder enfrentar emocionalmente temas fuertes de forma explicita como la violac1ón y la pedof1lía hazte un favor y no lo leas. Yo desearía no haberlo hecho o mínimo no haber leído el capitulo dedicado a dichos temas. El choque emocional fue demasiado, estuve llorando toda la noche además de asustada varios días después. Así que si crees que no vas a poder tolerar, por favor no lo hagas, realmente es espantoso.


I will say that I think not everything really felt resolved. Maybe that's because I didn't want it to end, but I think if it had a longer duration or another volume, it would really give more time to flesh out the character's development further and give a rather satisfying conclusion that didn't just leave abruptly. Though I suppose with Arima's character, it made sense that by the end we didn't really know their identity, but still I don't know. Read this all in one sitting (it’s definitely not 1:30AM right now…) because it was simply too good to stop. The message is so touching; Arima’s story made my heart break, then melt by the end. Eguchi debuted as a manga creator under the penname PEYO with the Boy Meets Maria manga in 2018. Printemps Shuppan published the manga's one compiled volume in November 2018.

Lo desgarradora y triste de su historia se muestra de esta manera y logra transmitir esa desesperación que tuvo durante su vida. El hacerlo así, mejora la obra muchísimo. PEYO's Boy Meets Maria is a beautiful, beautiful manga, full of pain and full of hard moments that are framed by a great search for identity by the two protagonists. A story that is told in an excellent way in 6 chapters. A real gem. I also thought the relationship was very well written. Hirasawa did not fix all of Arima's trauma but was just there to support him. I feel that there is a huge pressure (especially on women) to fix men's problems for them, but in reality, all you need to do as a partner is be there and support them. Great message!There is a sense in Boy Meets Maria of the need to challenge assumptions and expectations. Despite Taiga’s declaration of stereotypical heroism, we see an establishing illustration which depicts Arima (wearing a dress and a scowl) carrying a besotted Taiga bridal style, immediately foreshadowing his change of perspective. PEYO pushes this further both in the narrative and the aesthetics. Hanase Qi’s cover design is deceptively sweet. Arima cowers beneath frills and flowers and other stereotypically feminine accouterments, but soft pinks and blues offset what could be ominous. Sprinkled throughout the manga are boisterous Taiga’s interactions with an increasingly exasperated Arima. PEYO spends just enough time establishing this tone before shifting. Scenes of domestic abuse and illness, sexual assault and rape jar against visual comedy. This is not an unrealistic depiction of young people processing trauma and abuse. There are good moments – moments of levity and healing – and there are moments of pain. Another thing I really liked is the conversation about Hirasawa's sexuality. He likes who he likes, and he doesn't feel the need to put a label on it. I think this is great for people still figuring out their sexuality. Just like who you like, and there is no pressure to put a label on it! No puedo evitar comparar a Arima con Ash lynx de Banana Fish, son demasiado diferentes como personajes individuales, pero algo similares respecto a su trauma (el abuso sexual). Creo que Arima pudo llegar a una conclusión satisfacción con su arco de personaje como lo hizo Ash porque no me gustó como Peyo lo manejó. Arima sin duda es un personaje con muchas capas que daba para más, al igual que Taiga que pudo haber tenido un mejor desarrollo.

Knowing this and enjoying seeing what he did is knowing that there will be no more works like this. A 10/10. Starting with Arima, or "Maria", by far the most impactful character, he is the one who really moves the story, but not in a literal way, but "sentimentally" speaking, you know? Arima is a character very much rooted in his personal traumas, because even though he was born as a man, his mother, due to her own traumas and frustrations, decides to see Arima as a girl, dressing and treating him as such, a fact that boggles Arima's mind, because even though he feels like a boy, and likes "boy things", people see him as a girl, due to his feminine appearance, and dealing with such feelings and thoughts, at the age of 6 or 7, can really traumatize a person's life. But as if this wasn't enough, Arima ends up going through one of the worst situations a person can go through, which is being sexually abused by a person close to you. THIS WAS SO GOOD WTF IM CRYING SO BAD it was so so so good yes i did stay up until 5 30 am to read it i dont regret anything i loved itI am insanely disappointed in this book!!! It pretends its going to be progressive at the start and seems really good; I had my hopes up only to have them set on fire. I do have to say I didn't finish because at the halfway point I was so upset with it I threw it accross the room, something I've never done before. Find sources: "Kosei Eguchi"– news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR ( July 2022) ( Learn how and when to remove this template message)

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