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Days that are over will not continue to last, if you try to construct the past — Sarazanmai Episode 7

Not too long ago, I read a Final Fantasy XV fanfiction one-shot of Noctis Lucis Caelum and Ignis Scientia. You don’t have to necessarily know who these characters are specifically for this meandering exercise, but know that they have been inseparable from a very young age (think six years-old or so) through their early twenties due to circumstances of their upbringing. These are two people who should know each other very well, if not intimately, having spent the majority of their lives together. At the very least, there is no one that they know better than the other. The story’s premise was that confusion — or some other status effect brought on by a fight gone horribly wrong — caused Ignis to not recognize that Noctis is, well, Noctis.

Instead, Ignis believes that Noctis is an imposter. In Noctis’ efforts to escort Ignis back to the rest of their group hilarity, as they say, ensues while Ignis is convinced the fake-but-actually-real Noctis is leading him into a trap. The story was charming, but also had an odd dark humor that I don’t know if the author intended. Some of Ignis’ genuine confusion could have been also read as heartbreaking. The story played with a lot of our deepest insecurities — primarily what happens if someone we love fails to recognize us for who we are. It actively hurts them both.

What makes others unrecognizable to us? What makes us unrecognizable to them? Is it a slow process over time or caused by a sudden catalyst? Is it due to societal pressures or natural personality shifts?

Can we return to a time where we felt like they recognized us?

Spoilers for the Sarazanmai companion manga, Reo and Mabu ~ Together They’re Sarazanmai.

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SARAtto Report! — Sara’s messages in Sarazanmai Episodes 5-6

“Believe in ㋐ from the bottom of your heart.”

From the placards behind Sara Azuma in her “Good morning!” greeting

This is a continuation of notes on Sara Azuma’s scrolling text reports, lucky selfie items, and what they could be telling us about Sarazanmai‘s thematic elements and plot events.

Special thanks to Good Haro for full translations of the text crawls here. I highly suggest following her on Twitter as well for more Sarazanmai translated content and speculation.

Sara’s messages in Episodes 1-2 can be found here.

Sara’s messages in Episodes 3-4 can be found here.

Mild spoilers for the Sarazanmai companion manga, Reo and Mabu ~ Together They’re Sarazanmai.

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Thank you for choosing me — Sarazanmai Episode 6

“I have faith that he’s going to smile again. I’m not the only one who wants to see Kazu-chan’s smile. Kazu-chan, you’re in the middle of a big circle.”

-Haruka Yasaka, Sarazanmai, Episode 6

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Together they are Sarazanmai — a Reo and Mabu (and Sara) speculation masterpost

A speculation post for everyone’s favorite otter cops: Reo Niiboshi and Mabu Akutsu.

Major spoilers for the Sarazanmai manga, Reo and Mabu~ Together They Are Sarazanmai.

Translation of Reo and Mabu’s Twitter archive courtesy of Good Haro.

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You and I are supposed to be connected — Sarazanmai Episode 5

“No one can find out (about this secret)”

“Go grab it!”

“You and I are supposed to be connected.”

-lyrics from the kappa’s song at the Field of Desires, Sarazanmai

There’s a lot of nuance in “supposed to be” or “should be.” “Supposed to be” or “should be” says that something is not right. Something should exist that does not. Should implies obligation, suggestion, or a likely event.

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