Nope, it’s just me! Maybe you’re thinking of goatsreadingseacats, which is run by both me and tumblr user yumetabibito?
Sorry, I’m not sure I understand the question! What do you mean?
far and alive are my favorites! I couldn’t really pick between those two, but those are the top two for me!
Oh yes, I absolutely do. Those two struck me as having romantic chemistry from the beginning, and there was sort of no question in my mind that they were a couple by the end. To me, Tohya’s last scene was about “letting Battler go” to be with Beatrice in the Golden Land, whereas he’ll finally be free to be happy with Ikuko. Ryukishi has actually said that he originally intended for those two to have been married by the time Ange meets them, but then his female staff sort of (adorably) flipped out at the idea of making it that explicit, so he tweaked it (but kept in Ikuko’s implication about them “having been together for a long time.”)
And to be honest, I really love that. I’m the sort of person who finds kind of a beauty in that sense of a certain version of Battler not necessarily having to be with Beatrice, of having the ability to move on with a different person - the same way I really treasure the fact that Lion, a “different version” of Beatrice, ended up being connected to someone who also was not Battler. I know that to a lot of people, that idea is sort of upsetting - hence you get people trying to rationalize that Ikuko is somehow Yasu, or Will is somehow Battler - which I do understand. But to me, it makes Beatrice and Battler as a couple more precious to my mind, not less.
Of course, I also can’t help but sort of separate Ikuko and Featherine in my head, because oddly enough, while I basically can’t stand Featherine, I somehow found myself loving Ikuko a lot. I think her connection and obvious fondness for Tohya - and the “human” spin on even her Featherine-ish traits becoming more quirky than anything - grounds her character in a charming way, as opposed to Featherine who just sorts of floats around smugging it up obnoxiously.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a lot of it closely, but off the top of my head, there was some Beatrice-Battler stuff in EP2 that was cut that I thought was important (the “call me Beato” scene, IIRC, amongst others?); the EP4 manga, to me, makes a pretty bad mess of Ange’s character and the reasons I liked her, as well as, again, some important scenes between Battler and Beato - to be honest, I really disliked its portrayal of the Tea Party, one of the most important scenes in the series! (I thought EP5’s manga nailed the Tea Party better in a one-page flashback than Souichirou’s entire rendition, whoops.) And while there are bits and pieces of the EP7 manga I like - and, really, I do love it just by virtue of being EP7 - I think it feels flat and lacks the haunting atmosphere and a lot of the very careful nuance that was a large part of what made EP7 so incredible. EP7 was so vivid in feeling for me, and it was sort of frustrating to see chapter after chapter of that feeling kind of reduced to Will’s talking head…
That being said, I also actually think that EP5 and EP8’s manga versions are improvements over the original VNs…! Taka Aki is my hero of all time. Still do I dream of the entire Umineko series adapted by them…
Happy birthday Beato!!
Nah, I think only up to EP2 is officially translated in English, and the scanslations are all over the place? I would really really recommend you read the VN regardless; personally, although I find the manga interesting in different respects, there are also aspects of different episodes’ adaptations I also don’t agree with or wish they had done differently! (Oh boy, Souichirou’s EP4………….)
Nah, I’m really not interested in it at all, I’m afraid!