I've been going back over and re-reading one of my favorite manga series the past couple weeks, Horimiya. It's one that I feel has a lot of aspects that are both entertaining and make you think in certain ways, and this last read-through has gotten me thinking about the nature of self-harm. I've thought about it a little bit before in the context of this manga, but I figured this time I'd try and get some of my thoughts down on paper in a more concrete form. I know this might be a bit of stretch, but I feel like it makes sense in the context of the manga given the characters and story, so hear me out. Horimiya is a romantic comedy manga that takes place in high school. It has your standard high school worries: making friends, keeping up appearances, romance troubles, and bullying. One of the main characters, Miyamura, has been ostracised from his classmates since childhood for looking gloomy and nerdy with his long hair, glasses, and quiet demeanor. People began to see him as this unapproachable otaku and thus began bullying him.
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It's not until a chance meeting between him and the other main character, Hori, that we see another side to his character, one where he becomes a stylish man with dozens of piercings and tattoos. It's an interesting juxtaposition that speaks to how people, especially young teenagers, manage public and private personas given the situation. But I think it also has another connotation given Miyamura's history of bullying: self-harm. It's through Miyamura's own words and those of the characters around him that we are led to believe he enjoys his piercings and the collection of accessories, and that his excess amount of tattoos are due to him not giving enough thought to what he is doing. However, if we examine how the creation of his ear piercings are displayed in the manga, I think we begin to see that at least back in his middle school years, piercing his ears may have had a different meaning for him. Take chapter 10 of the manga. It's here that we see a flashback into Miyamura's childhood and experience in school. We see him get bullied and ignored by his classmates, but we also get to see him creating his first piercings side-by-side to those events. In this way, the act of piercing his ears comes as a response to the bullying. On one particular page we see a panel of Miyamura bleeding from the lip after just having pierced it saying, "School life is so hard.
I really don't know how to deal with these things." It's a very clear juxtaposition pairing the pain and act of piercing his body with the troubles he has at school. Whether he's doing it for the pain or for some way to justify to himself that he isn't as gloomy as everyone things he is, I'm not sure. But the manga does show his history of depression quite clearly, especially later on. There's one scene where we see Miyamura talking to his younger self, telling him all the good things that will happen to him, and his younger self responds, "Nobody needs me. Can I just die?" It's a powerful cry for help, a very overt way of showing just how much he was suffering back then and how much gaining friends and relationships have helped him improve over time. Self harm can be a tricky thing to talk about since there are so many reasons why someone would hurt themselves.
Sometimes the pain of harming themselves lets them confirm they are actually alive through the haze of depression, sometimes it's an act of self-inflicted punishment, and sometime it becomes an endorphin addiction. I'm not going to diagnose Miyamura's case of self-harm. I just wanted to point out and discuss something that's been rolling around in my head for a little while, coming from an otherwise funny series. It's an interesting way of looking at something serious through the lense of something that most of us would consider trivial, like piercing your ears. Originally, I was considering adding in Nifuji from Wotakoi to this as well, but I felt that instance was a little different and more benign than this one. Let me know what you thought about this short analysis post in the comments below. Have you noticed any other interesting things in the Horimiya series that are worth talking about? And sorry about the abrupt absence the last week. I was planning on getting a review scheduled for last Wednesday but then I caught a cold and moved to a new apartment, so all my plans kind of went out the window. But I'm back and should more or less be back onto a regular schedule. As usual, keep an eye on my Twitter for all updates.
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Hellsing (stylized in all caps) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It was serialized in Shōnen Gahōsha's seinen manga magazine Young King OURs from May 1997 to September 2008, with its chapters collected in ten tankōbon volumes. The series chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England. The series was licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics. A thirteen-episode anime television series adaptation by Gonzo, directed by Umanosuke Iida and Yasunori Urata, with screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka, was broadcast on Fuji TV from October 2001 to January 2002. A ten-episode original video animation (OVA), titled Hellsing Ultimate, was produced by Geneon. It followed the manga storyline more closely than the anime series. It was released between February 2006 and December 2012. In North America, both the TV series and the OVA were first licensed by Geneon Entertainment and later by Funimation. Hellsing is named after and centered around the Royal Order of Protestant Knights originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country. This organization is currently led by Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited the leadership of Hellsing as a child after the death of her father. She witnessed his death which turned her from a once innocent and shy little girl to a tough and deadly force.
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She is protected by the faithful Hellsing family butler Walter C. Dornez, a deadly foe in his own right, and Alucard, the original and most powerful vampire, who swore loyalty to the Hellsing family after being defeated by Van Helsing one hundred years before the story takes place. These formidable guardians were joined early on in the storyline by former police officer Seras Victoria, whom Alucard turned into a vampire. As the scale and frequency of incidents involving the undead escalate in England and all around the world, Sir Integra discovers that the remnants of a Nazi group called Millennium still exist and are intent on reviving Nazi Germany by creating a battalion of vampires. Millennium, Hellsing, and the Vatican section XIII Iscariot clash in an apocalyptic three-sided war in London, and Millennium reveals its true objective: to destroy the vampire lord Alucard, ending a feud begun during World War II. In 1996, manga author Kouta Hirano published a one-shot, titled Hellsing: The Legends of Vampire Hunter, in Wanimagazine's hentai magazine Comic Kairakuten. Hirano commented that it was not his intention to create a story of this genre, and that he only wanted to create a "somewhat online" action story. Hirano said that the original story did not take him long to create, and that the fact that he was drawing hentai at the time afforded him the opportunity to have it published. Then, Hirano considered to create another story, using the same setting, removing the erotic side and focusing more on the action, explaining that this was the origin of Hellsing.
Given its "atypical" universe, Hirano and the publisher, Shōnen Gahōsha, decided to test the reception with readers, explaining that that was the reason why the start of the series may seem "a little disjointed," and that after the reception turned out to be positive, it was decided to make it a serialized work. The anime producer, Yasuyuki Ueda, commented that for Hellsing Ultimate he wanted to make it as an original video animation (OVA) instead of a television series due to the time limit that implies the former, and since he was a fan of the series, he wanted to take more time to "get more out of my system from the manga," adding that the OVA allowed him to do much more than the TV series. He discussed it with writer Yōsuke Kuroda and he agreed to write the script. Ueda commented, at the time, that various series were using CG animation, which he said that was "very time-consuming", especially when incorporating it to traditional animation, but that since the project would be an OVA, they did have the " luxury" to work with it, and that he wanted to use it for the weaponry and bullets to make them look realistic. In January 2020, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would re-release the series in a three-volume deluxe edition, with over 600 pages each. Chuang Yi licensed the series in English in Singapore. Madman Entertainment released the series in Australia and New Zealand.
It follows Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi, a Catholic nun and an assassin who work for the Iscariot organization. They call themselves "earthly agents of divine punishment". Crossfire also has cameos by Alexander Anderson and Enrico Maxwell, the head of Iscariot. Across the three chapters, Heinkel and Yumie face a variety of opposition, including Islamic terrorists, communist revolutionaries, and finally, an obscure pagan cult. Crossfire as a side work was discontinued by Kouta Hirano, but it was republished in the first three volumes of Hellsing as an extra. The Dawn features a fourteen-year-old Walter C. Dornez and Alucard, in the form of a young girl, attacking Millennium's base of operations in Nazi-controlled Poland in September 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising. The manga was adapted into a thirteen-episode anime television series by Gonzo. The series was directed by Yasunori Urata, under the chief direction of Umanosuke Iida, and written by Chiaki J. Konaka. The series uses the same characters and settings, but narrates a different story from its source manga. The series opening theme is "Logos Naki World" (ロゴスなきワールド, Rogosu Naki Wārudo, "A World Without Logos") by Yasushi Ishii and the ending theme is "Shine" by Mr.