Madarame’s Big Resolution

Ah. At last, it is all over.
I’ll be honest, I thought there was a chance for MadaHato to be a reality. A slim one at that. But now Genshiken is telling us how silly it is to think anything other than this would happen. The excuses that Madarame made up as to why he couldn’t date any of them are just to cover the reality: He doesn’t love them. Sure, they’re all beautiful, but there’s no point in being with a beautiful person if you don’t feel a spark.

It’s disappointing to be brought out of a fantasy, and that’s what all this was. The fantasy of a bunch of Fujoshis. But let’s be honest, I like Hato’s character so much that I don’t want to see the two run off into the distance with conflict resolved and never see them again. Speaking of Hato, they seem to be doing pretty well. All this about fantasy and reality, just as they said, and of course you have to come back to reality some time.

Well, I’m sure that MadaHato did have a real — but slim — possibility. The two did seem genuinely interested in one another. And it’s better that it didn’t become a reality because, again, MadaHato would’ve ended Hato’s character arc and the two would’ve become minor characters. This way we get to see what happens to Hato for real going forward. I’ll be honest, I don’t want to see them with Yajima since that’s already in Spotted Flowers. In fact, I’d be pretty disappointed to see that twice. Not to say the couple is uninteresting, but it’s not exactly a creative resolution.

Ahhh. Now I have to wonder since Yajima and Hato being a couple is a real possibility: Is Madarame going to magically get together with Saki and Spotted Flowers becomes canon? Probably not, but it is possible now I suppose?

I’d say more disappointing than MadaHato being a reality is that Hato isn’t interested in men. Sure, if the plan is for Hato to be transgender, then you hit two rather than one on the LGBT list.

EDIT: Haha! Just kidding. Y’all probably know by now but it was a possible mis-translation. Hato, you will love a man again. Hato, you will love a man again. Hato, you will love a man again. Hato, you will love a man again. Make mama proud.

It’s funny. Reading this series got me curious about BL and I am now legitimately interested in it, so to see the BL fantasy end feels like closure I don’t want to see in my own fantasy world. I’m aware that all the BL is played up for humor, and it is funny, but simultaneously I wanted to see it sincerely.

So, where do we go from here? This is the first Genshiken arc that I’ve read as the chapters come out. It’s time to move on. What new members will we see? What fun new things will they do? Will there be yaoi? Will there be yaoi? Will there be yaoi?

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Inspiration

So growing up (this is so going to make me look like a baby) the Pokémon game I was into was the Diamond / Pearl / Platinum series. Recently I marathoned FireRed and White II on an emulator. There’s a  certain charm to the Pokémon series that I rediscovered by doing this. Maybe it’s the formulaic story where you have your bad guys named after something related to space or maybe it’s the childlike and unassuming friendliness that everyone in the Pokémon world seems to have. Even if it was made cynically with the same formula, it captures that sense of being a child so well that it can’t help but lift your spirits.

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It’ll be fun to read this post retrospectively when we all know the answer already, but OH MY GOD MADARAME PICK HATO. I have established myself strongly in the Hato camp for multitudinous reasons. I mean, if you’re going to spend the reboot of the Genshiken series focusing around a single character who I already think is pretty likable on his own of course I’m going to vote for him.

But, let’s establish something else: All fujoshis and fudanshis in the room, who would sincerely love to see Hato x Mada, all joking in the series aside? Like I know us actually witnessing that will never occur in the canon, but if you make Madarame and Hato a canon couple then my life will be so much better.

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March 25. So far from now, yet so near! And when that day has come and passed and the scanlation has come out, think of the joy or disappointment we’ll feel. Think. I know many of you Genshiken fans out there are strongly in favor of Sue and that Keiko and Angela have their own camps too, which means that Kio has absolutely set us up to be disappointed. If his explicit plan is to disappoint us then, what’s the likelihood that Madarame’s ultimate answer will be that 2D is better than 3D?

I’ve heard great analyses of how Genshiken works and that this is the final step for Madarame to spiritually leave Genshiken and go into the real world. That’s the formula that we’ve established for the most part. But we also know that Kio can be pretty subversive and do what we least expect. We kind of expect Madarame to cop out with the 2D answer, but at the same time after all this hype we really don’t.

Come on Madarame, please don’t pick 2D. I want my Hato x Mada.

Well future people who read this after Chapter 122 comes out, can you understand my feelings still? Can you comprehend the frustration? The eager awaiting and simultaneous worry…. Look, I’ve been terribly unmotivated recently. I’m so done with life. Kio, if you want to disappoint me do it now. It’ll be fine. Pick Sue. Pick Angela. Pick Keiko. Pick 2D. I’m ready for it.

Let’s be honest I’d still be pretty happy with Sue and Rame after C-Cute??.png