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Doujinshi commentary: Meriharitori

Circle:    Laian    Meriharitori: Front Cover
Type:   Normal, gag & serious stories. 38 pages.
Date:   2001/5/17

I'm not sure what the title means. "Merihari" translates as modulation of voice, and the "tori" kanji means bird. What that goes together to make I have no idea.

The doujinshi starts out with a one-page gag about the speculation over what Vivi looks like under his hat. Aside from the usual shadow shape, shadowy demon, and shadow shape with a head shaped like the crown of his hat, there is a Mexican Wrestler option (with a black mask over his face) and a picture showing him wiping black makeup off a featureless white face.

The meat of this doujinshi is in two serious stories. One is about Vivi, here a cute blond boy, telling Zidane about buying the counterfeit ticket and flying to Treno. After Vivi finishes his story Zidane tears the fake ticket, to Vivi's dismay. Later Zidane returns to the Black Mage village with a real ticket... and places it on Vivi's grave. (*sigh*) The second story is about Zidane meeting Blank for the first time. They are both years younger, and Blank is a wary street urchin who steals Zidane's money bag. Zidane chases and confronts him, and Blank holds his own until he gets woozy from hunger. No wonder, since he hasn't eaten for six days. After a bit of uneasiness the two become allies, both to work and to steal. And for Zidane's memorable "male bonding" ritual.

Overall, this is a nice doujinshi. It's talky, but you don't need to know Japanese to get the sense of the story. It's clear from the artwork what is going on.

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