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Old 2017-10-26, 08:17   Link #141
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I know a couple of people who paid good money for a child. One was bought from China (about $20,000 all told from what they told me), another from Romania (quite a bit less, there was a glut on the market at the time). If you said their adopted children were slaves or merchandise they would be rightly annoyed.
Err, not so rightly. Unless you actually mean simply money that was spent for adoption-related paperwork, if they literally paid for the child... yes, he was merchandise. Not a slave because they wouldn't have any legal right to enforce such a bond and obviously I imagine they do not treat him as a slave. But selling human beings is generally illegal anyway.
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Old 2017-10-26, 08:49   Link #142
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well, Chise gave herself up for slavery sale, and the most peaceful/easy way for Ains to get her was to bought her out.

Yes, human auction is illegal in our world, but this is an alternative reality with mages and mythical beings...etc...

and to be fair, Ains is supposedly "ancient" and his age should in the hundreds or even thousands, thus Chise's standing is nowhere near him.

but yeah, it was outright "weird" when he mentioned making Chise his bride
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Old 2017-10-26, 09:34   Link #143
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I know a couple of people who paid good money for a child. One was bought from China (about $20,000 all told from what they told me), another from Romania (quite a bit less, there was a glut on the market at the time). If you said their adopted children were slaves or merchandise they would be rightly annoyed.

Exactly how Elias would "free" Chise is another question. She is likely to die soon without his aid, she is valuable to others who want her for her capabilities or for other reasons (the fae have already tried to abduct her once) and the magecraft she is studying now is dangerous and dying of a single mistake is just one option for her. She could leave Elias any time she wishes, she is not chained to the wall every night. Slavery, nope. A very odd relationship, yes.
Like the others said....

If the money was spent on an overseas adoption process, then it's not a sale. If it was pure money to purchase a human, then it's illegal human trafficking. The human is considered to be merchandise by the purchaser. Hence, Ainsworth treating Chise occasionally like a pet. The necklace she wears is tracking her. He prob can reel her in if he wants.


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well, Chise gave herself up for slavery sale, and the most peaceful/easy way for Ains to get her was to bought her out.
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Well, that's because the narrative did not offer any options. He could have approached her like the slave master did.

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Yes, human auction is illegal in our world, but this is an alternative reality with mages and mythical beings...etc...
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It was a sale in a location where people did not show their faces and no advertising the event outside of the establishment. It's prob illegal.
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Old 2017-10-26, 09:57   Link #144
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Err, not so rightly. Unless you actually mean simply money that was spent for adoption-related paperwork, if they literally paid for the child... yes, he was merchandise.
In the case of the Chinese adoption it was pretty clear that the money for fees etc., was payment, it wasn't to cover only the costs of administration. They were charged hard currency, they couldn't pay for those services in renmimbi. They had to pay twice for special adoption visit visas as well as for other dubious services such as an official interpreter to accompany them on orphanage visits (the wife reads, writes and speaks excellent Cantonese and passable Mandarin being native Chinese herself). In the case of the Romanian orphan adoption the couple paid less than the Chinese were charging but even then the payments had to be in hard currency such as Euros, not the local currency which at the time was basically waste paper.

No dollars, no kid. Pay the "fees" and they got the kid, eventually. I'd say they literally paid for the children.
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Old 2017-10-26, 10:04   Link #145
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In the case of the Chinese adoption it was pretty clear that the money for fees etc., was payment, it wasn't to cover only the costs of administration. They were charged hard currency, they couldn't pay for those services in renmimbi. They had to pay twice for special adoption visit visas as well as for other dubious services such as an official interpreter to accompany them on orphanage visits (the wife reads, writes and speaks excellent Cantonese and passable Mandarin being native Chinese herself). In the case of the Romanian orphan adoption the couple paid less than the Chinese were charging but even then the payments had to be in hard currency such as Euros, not the local currency which at the time was basically waste paper.

No dollars, no kid. Pay the "fees" and they got the kid, eventually. I'd say they literally paid for the children.

It's a transaction in stable currency for an overseas adoption. These things aren't free. If they wanted something less expensive, then adopt local. It's not considered human trafficking. The government was right to make sure an official interpreter was present.
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Old 2017-10-28, 11:59   Link #146
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Old 2017-10-28, 15:54   Link #147
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Old 2017-10-28, 16:46   Link #148
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The undercurrent of death and cruelty in the cats of Ulthar arc has always disturbed me. I know what's coming and I'm really dreading it. Seeing this article on the BBC certainly didn't help.
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Old 2017-10-28, 17:12   Link #149
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As always a beautifully done episode, though the next episode looks to be quite tragic I’m still looking forward to seeing it.
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Old 2017-10-28, 17:45   Link #150
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First half was fun, with the cute talking cats. Then when they explained the backstory, it got quite a bit darker. It's obvious Matthew wasn't killing cats because he enjoyed it, but rather because he thought it could save his beloved. He mentioned a sorcerer coming to town, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the one who planted that idea into his head. It would explain why cats dislike them too.

When Molly mentioned to Chise it's natural for a mother to be willing to do anything for her child, I felt so bad for Chise. That probably hit her really hard.
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Old 2017-10-28, 19:00   Link #151
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Something that makes this series incredibly good is the way it touches different topics with a deep connection to Chise's life, pushing her to explore the scars and doubts she has thanks to her terrible past but at the same time it helps her a lot. This time the comment from Molly regarding her owner it was something that brought a huge problem to Chise, especially because of her mother and she wants to see Elias being proud of her. It feels like Elias is aware of this and sometimes let things happen so Chise can learn from these experiences and the world itself.

This episode was very dark and complicated, especially because this impurity was probably killing cats in order to extend the life of the woman he loves but everything ended in a wrong way. Hopefully everything goes well.
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Old 2017-10-28, 21:59   Link #152
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I was worried that the production team might try and cover this arc in a single episode but seems I worried for nothing. This series seems to be in really good hands. Yes, this is a tough arc.
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Old 2017-10-29, 08:49   Link #153
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Review/recap. Lovecraft seems to mix really well with Japanese lore, it seems. The past would probably be a re-telling of "The Cats of Ulthar" while the present is visited in "Dream-quest".
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Old 2017-10-29, 10:52   Link #154
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An episode about cats. Great! Oh shit, I guess it's not going too well for the cat. Liked how tragic and mellow it all was. Also I see Elias continues his teaching by throwing into fire kind of method.
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Old 2017-10-31, 19:08   Link #155
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I do like this show, though I'm having trouble with it. The episodes feel disconnected from one another and the pacing is extremely off-putting, especially for a person new to the series. They're going from the episode 2 into the Iceland dragons, and then the next stuff so abruptly. I don't like how the setup is being handled at all.
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Old 2017-11-01, 13:21   Link #156
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That's how it was handled in the manga since they're covering maybe the first week of Chise's life with Eilas as they complete the three tasks he was given because he took her in.
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Old 2017-11-01, 15:12   Link #157
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As abrupt for us as it is for Chise, I guess. She collapses after the dragon dies, and wakes up in a train because Elias wouldn't wait for her to recover before leaving.
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Old 2017-11-04, 13:05   Link #158
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Episode 5:

Interesting episode, they are adapting this quite well.

There's the part with Matthew feeling despair after realizing that he can't save Mina. The episode did a neat job at expressing the despair imo and violence imo. How can he just trust such a suspicious sorcerer...?

For Chise, I hope she realizes that Elias will be there to protect her.

A pretty thrilling episode arc with cats, magic, and showing what love can drive a person can do for someone. Such beautiful soundtrack used this episode for the end too...I can't wait for the OST to come out for this show.
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Old 2017-11-04, 13:33   Link #159
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So did the cat-queen die too?

I also didn't catch what they meant by 9 lives.
Did they mean 9 lifes period or 9 times reborn as a cat?
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Old 2017-11-04, 13:50   Link #160
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So did the cat-queen die too?

I also didn't catch what they meant by 9 lives.
Did they mean 9 lifes period or 9 times reborn as a cat?
No, because Chise found a third option by having Aerial help Mina, Matthew, and the murdered cats be guided to the afterlife by Aerial's wind (thus the whole dandelion/flower imagery).

"Cats have 9 lives" refers to the fact that cats seemingly get themselves into prickly situations but somehow come out of it alive (think a cat stuck in a tall tree, leaps down, and runs away unscathed. For a human that would be impossible, so people attribute extra lives for a cat's tenacity). MnY doesn't specify what one "life" means, but the cat stays the same cat, so I think of it as like a video game where a player respawns after getting "killed". Though how Matthew is extracting those 9 lives...I'm trying not to think about it too closely.
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