Le génie du mal [The genius of evil, aka; Lucifer]; Guillaume Geefs
“The statue was originally a commission for Geefs’ younger brother Joseph, who completed it in 1842 and installed it the following year. It generated controversy at once and was criticized for not representing a Christian ideal.The cathedral administration declared that “this devil is too sublime.” The local press intimated that the work was distracting the “pretty penitent girls” who should have been listening to the sermons.” [x]
[The original ‘sublime’ version shown below, and the ‘revised’ one in the photoset above]
> Make sculpture of the devil
> No this sculpture is too hot for church
> Make another one
> It’s even hotter
This was so sad and heartbreaking that I actually sat here sobbing while reading the last chapters. However, it’s also very much not sad and not heartbreaking, and really really good.
I think I may have mentioned this before, but one of the things I love about reading in Japanese is that I often don’t have a single clue what it’s going to be about when I start reading it. I tend to not read the blurb on the back, so the only thing to influence me is the cover.
And actually, while I was curious about this series for quite a while, the covers didn’t really draw me in. Or rather, they didn’t look like your typical BL series at all (at least the first volume didn’t), and while it was technically part of my ongoing “Kono BL ga yabai” project, I wasn’t sure whether I really wanted to read this.
So I read the preview available at ebook Japan, and this starts out with the little boy on the cover running up a huge flight of stairs, to a house on hill far from the rest of the town. Inside the house is a wizard, and the little boy complains to the wizard that when he was asked in school whether he knew where babies come from he replied that they came from the anus, like the wizard told him, and promptly was laughed at by everyone. To which the wizard replied that that was how the little boy was born, but everyone else is born via the birth channel.
That’s where I stopped reading and went to order it.
Ravel - the little boy - lives together with the wizard, Lee*, in a house on top of a hill. Ravel is Lee’s apprentice, but he also attends the school together with the human children. The country they live in has only existed for 50 years, but Lee, who has been living much longer than that, has seen with his own eyes what happened before. And Ravel is connected to the past more closely than he could ever imagine.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about Lee’s past as the most powerful wizard of a kingdom that no longer exists, and his forbidden love.
It’s quite a tragic love story, told in a really powerful way. I loved this from start to finish, from the gorgeous art to the characters - Ravel’s smile is a sight to behold - and the way the plot builds up slowly but surely. I mentioned earlier how I felt the covers were untypical for a BL story, and to be honest, if you’re looking for a straightforward BL story, this will disappoint you. But - and here I know I’ve said this before- this is the kind of story I hunger for: just great storytelling that also happens to have BL elements. A fantastic manga.
*I suck at romanizing names btw
oh my god
OH MY GOD
“Inside the house is a wizard, and the little boy complains to the wizard that when he was asked in school whether he knew where babies come from he replied that they came from the anus, like the wizard told him, and promptly was laughed at by everyone. To which the wizard replied that that was how the little boy was born, but everyone else is born via the birth channel.”
I WAS RIGHT WAHAHAHA
Thank you so very much for your summary! I picked up this book around last year or so? I think I might have bumped across this title on chil chil and after desperately and uselessly waiting for anyone someone to pick it up and scanlate it (because i love love fantasy and i love love bl so anything that combines these two is like catnip to me) ) I decided to hell with it all and went down on a journey to try and understand this in all its raw and intimidating glory.
Armed with only a dictionary and the minuscule beginner’s knowledge I had I dived in… Only to beaten liek maybe a few pages in ahahaa
Mostly due to the fact that I came to the anus part and told myself there was no way in hell this was happening and that I was clearly wildly mistranslating or missing some weird metaphor
And I shouldn’t be so happy about this but
BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE TRUE RAVEL WAS BIRTHED FROM THE ANUS WHOOOO
Would you ever consider doing more detailed summaries of the volumes by the way? And is volume 3 really the last in this series??