A memorial for Sato Shio (part four)

ワン・ゼロ (1) (小学館文庫)
ワン・ゼロ (1) (小学館文庫)

Thus Yutaka got transported into the game.
And he knew that he had to escape from the labyrinths as the blue point “C” = “blue monkey,” with the Minotaur who has the same face asMino.

I became Shio Sato’s fan when I read these pages.
I felt like my brain was grabbed and drawn into Sato Shio’s labyrinths.

 I will write the end of the story.
(Spoiler alert!  However, if you have no intention to read this manga in Japanese, I think that it’s no problem to read my spoiler because considering the situation, there is little possibility that this manga will be translated into English. )

Minowas Mogami Kiyora, who was the genius youth disappeared in the first story, “On This Poor World.”
This game was a self-hypnosis program which Mino/Kiyora made for himself.
He programmed it, in order to regain his memory. He designed this game in which the player goes into the depths of his memory and is hypnotized by the effect of the picture and the sound, so the player has a dream that he is in the game while playing it.
Minotaur, who was shut up in the labyrinth, was Kiyora himself who was isolated from the world. It was the purpose of this game to help the Minotaur get out from the labyrinth and to regain his lost self.

However, it didn’t work.
Minohad played this game repeatedly and he sometimes won and sometimes lost. Whatever the results were, he was not able to regain his memory.
Minodid not assume at all that someone else besides but him would play this game, and it was a total accident that Yutaka found it and played it.
WhenMinonoticed it, Yutaka already got hypnotized by the game andMinowent into hypnosis following Yutaka.
They shared the same dream. 

In the end of the story,Minoregained his memory after finishing the game.
However, it was not by winning the game. This is the interesting/important thing about this story.
What brought the result was a certain decision which Yutaka made in the game.
Yutaka noticed that Minotaur didn’t want to escape and was afraid in fact. And he decided not to escape but to die with the Minotaur in the collapsing labyrinth.
Mino/Kiyora recollected it like this:

“Although deceiving myself by myself is easy, it has a limit. I hated the Minotaur in myself.”

The reason that he disappeared in the first story, was that he discovered the secret of his birth. He went into extreme self denial and it caused amnesia/loss of memory.
Unless his strong self-hatred and self-denial were healed, he couldn’t regain his memory even through winning the game.
He himself did not want to win the game because he was afraid to regain his painful memories.
What he needed truly was someone could understand him and allow his existence.
Yutaka didn’t deny the Minotaur. He didn’t force him to come outside but instead nestled up to him in the collapsing labyrinth.
This decision of Yutaka’s cured the crack of Kiyora’s heart and Kiyora was then released from his self-denial and was able to regain his memory.
I think that this story is a very wonderful human psychological drama. 

In addition, I suspected that the blue monkeys in this story were not only the “The Blue Monkeys of Crete” but also the “Three Wise Monkeys” in Nikko Toshogu.

※The three wise monkeys (Japanese: 三猿, san’en or sanzaru, or 三匹の猿, sanbiki no saru, literally “three monkeys”) are a pictorial maxim. Together they embody the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.

The source that popularized this pictorial maxim is a 17th century carving over a door of the famous Toshogu shrine inNikko,Japan. The carvings at Toshogu Shrine were carved by Hidari Jingoro.

While the original “Three wise monkeys” do not hear, speak or see evil, the three monkeys in this story do. I thought that it was interesting. 

It’s really a shame that there is no possibility that this manga will be translated to English.So I’m planning to try to translate his manga.

Finally, I will add a little trivial thing about Sato Shio.
Sato is from Tome-shi inMiyagiPrefecture, the same as Otomo Katsuhiro, who is the author of “Akira,” and they graduated from the same high school. (Sato is two years older.) 
Also, Shotaro Ishinomori, who was a great manga author, who created “Cyborg 009 “ series and the “Kamen Rider” series, was also from the same high school.

What kind of education is taught at this school? I was very interested.


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