Purpose gives a work direction, it gives it confidence and identity, and so is essential, but it’s no replacement for quality execution.
The Girl from the Other Side is a story about people desperate to connect but incapable of doing so.
Because the author does not understand the feelings he’s presenting to us and so relies on a language cobbled together from cliches, trite imagery and banal symbols he’s aped from a million disparate influences he never bothered to understand to convey feelings he’s does not understand.
For three volumes, artist and author Shuzo Oshimi has made it clear that the cast of Happiness struggle with growth; with the fourth, he shows how easily these impulses lead us to seek out paths of regression we mistake, in our confusion, for progression. In Gosho’s case this means befriending vampire hunter Sakurane, a man who, like her, has never been able to make peace with the death of a younger sibling. He may seem like a positive role-model for the doubting teen – constructive, motivated, wise – but anyone with perspective can see that his crusade against Nora and her
Flying Witch is like a warm bath full of fizzing bubbles just waiting to receive us after another miserable day spent trudging through a miserable world.
Despite its many flaws, there is something inviting about Maria, something familiar and friendly that captures easy friendships and family chemistry.