Day 24 – A BL that made you mad

*breathes in deeply* Today’s title is going to be Hyakujitsu no Bara (百日の薔薇), the anime. Just to make things clear, what I’m about to write next is based solely on the anime adaptation of the manga, as I’ve yet to read it.

I came across a really nice quote (from Maya Angelou I think it was) once, saying something along the lines of: you might not remember the exact words/events/etc., but you will definitely remember how something made you feel. I don’t remember much of what happened over the course of this BL show, but one thing’s for sure – I couldn’t wait to finish it just so I could go on MAL and give it a low rating ><.

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Yes, we have a bit of a Romeo and Juliet thing going on, what with the characters being from two countries that are at war, yet they still love each other; yes, we have guys in uniform parading about, talking about fancy stuff like honour, pride and protecting your country; on the other hand, there’s this guy Klaus who’s basically raping another guy, Taki, for most of the duration of the anime. And I mean he literally leaves Taki bruised and bleeding by the end of it Oo.

I get the appeal of a dominant seme and the intention of adding drama to the story, but that kind of non-con really doesn’t seem alright to me. I don’t usually get upset with things, but this anime definitely made me mad while watching it. I guess the only positive thing about this post is that it was easy for me to pick a title :D:D.

As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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4 comments

  1. airinyan · January 10, 2016

    The manga version of this is actually my all-time fave. Story-wise and art-wise, this trumps other yaoi mangas easily, imo. The clever use of flashbacks (which makes a lot of readers confused, and miss out what the manga tries to convey altogether; and some give up entirely), symbolism (the flowers!! Like how Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai does with birds), the internal and external conflict (Taki and Klaus’ warring countries, Taki’s duty with his country and the pressure of remaining “pure”) was done beautifully. I guess I have a fetish with 2D men in military uniforms as well. Lol.

    But I agree, the anime WAS disappointing. Not enough to make me mad, though. Due to budget constraints, they clearly had to make do with only a couple of episodes. The most annoying part is that they focused on the non-con (or dub-con, if you will) part of the story, which clearly made some viewers annoyed with it (like how some hate Okane ga Nai). Now, if they only read the entire manga (it’s not finished though–probably on hiatus *shivers*), they will understand Klaus’ actions towards Taki, and why it ended up that way.

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    • moro · January 12, 2016

      the manga seemed intriguing (i just read descriptions of it) and deep inside i’m hoping that it’s radically different from what was going on in the anime. that being said, i don’t know if i’ll read it in the near future; i’m sad to say that the anime kind of put me off 😦 i hope the hiatus ends soon though and the manga gets finished. i know how awful it can be when you find out that a series you really like suddenly gets cancelled after a long period of absence :-< (*mumbles* like they did with sora wo daite oyasumi…)

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      • undomielregina · February 1, 2016

        The manga does have the same noncon content, and what Klaus does is pretty much inexcusable. He knows it, too — you can see him accept that Taki’s going to kill him even in the anime, during the interrogation scene, and then be shocked when Taki comforts him instead — and he tries to effectively get himself killed in the line of duty one more time in the manga, only to give up his plan because Taki orders him to come back.

        It also becomes very slowly clearer that Klaus’s behavior is extremely atypical and partly the result of emotional abuse on Taki’s part (not what he does — that’s all on Klaus — but that he’s in a mental state where it becomes a thinkable possibility for him), because there are fully-consensual sex scenes from earlier in their relationship where he acts totally different. He has no context for why Taki is suddenly treating him differently, and he’s totally isolated in a strange country whose language he doesn’t speak and where most of the people hate him and want him dead. Literally his only emotional support is Taki, and just as Klaus has literally given up everything for him — his career, friends, family, even flying — and I think has seen the knighthood ceremony as standing in for the marriage vows he can’t offer, Taki begins physically and emotionally rejecting overtures of intimacy, in a way that’s so inconsistent that it’s impossible for Klaus to figure out what has changed or that there are new rules and constraints in place. Taki himself deliberately offers no explanation for his behavior. That absolutely is abusive behavior toward someone dependent on you, and Klaus is left scrambling trying to figure out what he’s done to cause Taki’s behavior and how Taki feels about him. That’s visible even in the first volume of the manga, but it’s easy to miss without the context that comes later on. The most recently-written chapter has the first instances of Taki pushing Klaus away, and Klaus’s hurt and bewilderment are pretty heartbreaking because at that point he does just go along with it and clearly assumes he’ll get an explanation later. The reader knows he won’t find out what’s going wrong for another six months, and that when he does, it won’t be from Taki.

        And again, after all that, Klaus still has not placed the blame on Taki in any way. He knows he bears the culpability for what’s happened, and he’s trying to make amends (granted, there’s once where “make amends” appears to mean “act like he’s about to rape Taki so Taki will agree that he deserves to go off and get himself killed for both their sakes” but I never said he wasn’t a complete idiot.)

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      • moro · February 1, 2016

        Holy fudgesicles, that sounds very twisted oO i get the fact that the author might want to add drama to the series, but this seems a bit too overcomplicated. Maybe someday in the near(ish) future i’ll be ready to read this story and see what’s what for myself xD thanks for taking the time to explain all of this by the way 🙂

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