I failed his awesome tattoos though.
A friend recommended while another friend coerced me to read Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I’m really tempted to read it right now but I still have books pending to be read. So I’m thinking maybe I’ll bypassed the other books to read Fever series, my friends are really stubborn and somewhat persuasive when it comes to book recommendations.
When I’m high on caffeine.
More caffeine please.
Of all the female fictional characters there is, Kamiya Kaoru is the nearest and dearest to my heart. I love her and care for her the way I would a dear friend or sister, and of all the characters in the world, she is the one I am most fiercely protective of. And perhaps next to Kenshin, I am the one who loves her most.
So as I was anticipating watching Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, I have to admit that I had been most anxious in seeing how they’re going to handle Kaoru’s character, because I was sure that I would have been either incredibly heartbroken or downright furious if they had degraded her in any way.
And now that I have finally – FINALLY!!!! – watched, the only thing I can say to the creators of the live-action movie is this:
… Thank you.
Thank you for giving her the fight scenes she was denied in the anime and (most especially) the manga. Thank you for showing that she is not a helpless girl who constantly needs protection, but that she can in fact hold her own against men twice her size and age but who aren’t half the swordsman she is.
Thank you for showing her as a respectable and remarkable teacher in her own right, for emphasizing that the students look up to her and follow her, and that they aren’t just there because of Kenshin.
Thank you for showing how she stood by her values, how – even in the midst of war – she opted to use a wooden sword, and implored even her enemies not to kill.
Thank you for showing how she is not a slave to her emotions, but is strengthened by them. Thank you for showing that she is not weakened by her emotions – unlike the depressed state the manga and anime showed – and for showing how brave she is, for showing how, despite how utterly shattered she must have felt inside, she pulled it together for the sake of her family, for the people relying on her.
Thank you for showing her wisdom, her knowing when to push her opinions and principles when she should and to pull back when the situation needed her to. Thank you for showing that she is understanding without being passive, giving without being naïve.
And most of all, thank you – thank you so much – for showing that she matters.
Thank you for showing that she is respected and admired by Megumi, Sanosuke and Yahiko, for showing that she is cared for by them. And while some may balk at how she was shown towards the end of the movie as a damsel in distress (AGAIN), I still want to thank you so much… for showing that she matters… to Kenshin.
Thank you for showing that she is not someone Kenshin conveniently discards and leaves behind. She is someone that Kenshin cannot help but love, no matter how much he fights against his own heart. Thank you for showing that even when her own life is at stake, her primary concern is that Kenshin does not kill, especially if it’s because of her. Thank you for showing how selfless she is in loving Kenshin, and at the same time selfish because of it, because she cannot love any other way than this.
Because for a character whose biggest fear is perhaps that she is not good enough, that she will let her love ones down, that she will only get in the way, that she isn’t helping enough, that she is someone easily forgotten…
Thank you – thank you so much, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno — for showing that Kamiya Kaoru matters.
When you listen, you hear the unspoken.
When a surgeon comes out from the operating room and says “I’m sorry”, you do not listen to the apology, and instead you hear the regret - the tone of helplessness and surrender.
When a woman comes out from the comfort room with a white rectangular tube and says “It’s positive”, a man hears he is going to be a father. He visions of carrying a child in his arms while he smiles at the face of innocence.
It is strange how people could actually feel sorrow and happiness without the need of knowing of it; hearing the truth. It is like you do not need to touch a steaming pot to know it is going to burn you.
They say getting hurt is a decision and being happy is a choice. It could be true, except that one has to remember that the mind, startlingly capable of deceit, has the same for an Achilles’ heel. For how is it possible to be unaffected with the sight of a victorious competitor and be dawned with the realization that you lost the battle? Could one even have the time to decide not to get hurt at such a defining moment?
To say that some things – particularly those that have its own mind – are beyond our control is an irrefutable fact. However, humans have found a way to control that which is uncontrollable through psychological autonomy, or, to put it familiarly, denial.
That is why when a guy receives a “no” after asking the other party to be his girl, he hears a challenge to do better. More equally so, when a girl gets nonchalance for a response from the boy she likes, she hears footsteps of cowardice.
Because, again, no matter how definite uttered words are, the ones unsaid resonates the loudest.