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Old 2012-03-07, 15:11   Link #1321
hyperborealis
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Yumin is also another instance of an "older" woman we have seen already in the anime. She is presented as someone on the edge of being superseded by the upcoming younger generation. So the turning point in the match for Yumin is the moment when she refuses to go along with the usual story, where older women exist to set the stage for the young, who win glory and victory on the strength of their youth. Yumin's win underlines the author's basic sympathy for older women. In this respect, Suetsugu-sama is very much writing against the conventions of a large portion of manga and anime written today.

It would be interesting to go back and reevaluate the main characters in terms of this contrary point of view. One could think Chihaya and Taichi's good looks and Chihaya's exceptional reflexes rather tell against them, as signs of the privilege of youth. Conversely, Taichi's words about putting in effort on the tatami and about making himself into someone who does not run away reflect the values of experience and endurance that define the lives of those have grown through and beyond youth. Arata's care for his grandfather fulfills women's wishes that sons should equally fulfill the responsibility of caring for the elderly usually shouldered by the daughters. A lot that transpires in the anime makes new sense I think if you look at the show from the perspective of this sympathy for older women.
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