This time I’m gonna write my thoughts on both anime and manga. I have the manga and it’s actually the first manga I’ve had. My friends bought it for my 18th bday and since they’re idiots they bought the french one. Since I don’t understand french I actually started having tears in my eyes because my first manga was one I wouldn’t actually understand. Anywho, I read it online. I’ve cried over this anime/manga so many times so I’m sure I’ll cry writing this blog.
Name: Hybrid Child
Episodes: 4 Ovas
Author: Shungiku Nakamura
Genre: shounen-Ai, historical,
sci-fi, tragedy, romance
Studio: studio Deen
The Hybrid Child is an amazing android that can grow if it is lavished with enough love and care from its owner. Neither fully machine nor fully human, the various Hybrid Child models develop strong emotional bonds with their owners. This volume contains several short stories of love, sacrifice, and drama: Young Kotaro learns the importance of responsibility when his Hybrid Child’s lifespan runs out. The tragic swordsman Seya learns to love again with the help of his Hybrid child, Yuzu. The final tale tells the story of Kuroda, the creator of the Hybrid Child designs, and how his lost love inspired their creation.
Hybrid Child has 3 short stories. But they all revolved around Hybrid children. They’re neither human nor robot but something in between. Hybrid child’s age, grow, learn to walk, talk, play and actually die. What makes them different from humans is that they don’t feel pain and they can actually change their body temperature which I found super cool. Hybrid children grow as much as they receive love and attention and they die sooner than humans. Just knowing these two factors made me notice this short series is gonna make me cry. But I still thought since the author is the same as Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi we’ll get a happy ending. I was WRONG. Episode one and two were one-shots so talking about them even the slightest bit will spoil both episodes. Episodes 3 and 4, on the other hand, are different. Even remembering those two episodes makes me have tears in my eyes.
Tsukishima, Kuroda and Seya three childhood friends who have always been together. Tsukishima was a minister because of that Kuroda always teased him. They were friends but Kuroda always felt the distance between them. He was a normal person and Tsukishima was someone mighty. He kept quiet about his feelings for Tsukishima but we all know Love is weird. Kuroda is the creator of the hybrid child. When he showed his first Hybrid Child face to his friends they both said it looks like Tsukishima. Kuroda’s feelings were obvious from the start but he kept quiet. Love is a connection with someone, something you can feel without touching, but also becomes stronger when you do. Love is accepting a person for who she/he is, and committing yourselves to them. Not because you want something in return, but because you know they’d do the same for you. Love is complicated. Love can save you and ruin you at the same time. Love is weird. The human being needs love and is nothing without it. We see all this in Hybrid Child perfectly. This anime isn’t a normal homo romance, it’s actually deeper. War. The hybrid child even shows us what war does to families, couples and lives. Tsukishima’s clan goes into an unwanted war. Kuroda went to war as a soldier and tried hard to come back alive for Tsukishima. When he came back he heard the news.
”our clan was defeated
Tsukishima was really brave…”
Thats right Tsukishima decided to commit harakiri to Save his clan. The saddest part of the whole anime and manga. This part has the deepest quotes I’ve ever heard. Just remembering them breaks my heart. Before writing them I must say, there is an amv I adore and I actually watch it every day. In this amv, we heat Lana Del Rays saying and that describes Kuroda and Tsukishima perfectly.
❝And I remember when I met him, it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew it, right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult – we were faced with more challenges. I begged him to stay. Try to remember what we had at the beginning.
He was charismatic, magnetic, electric and everybody knew it. When he walked in every woman’s head turned, everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him. And in that way, I understood him
and I loved him.
I loved him, I loved him, I loved him.
And I still love him. I love him.❞
Kuroda went to Tsukishima and pinned him down having tears in his eyes.
❝ You don’t understand do you?
For the one who dies everything
ends once he’s dead. If you’re
going to die anyway, take my memories
with you before you die. ❞
❝Seems like this world doesn’t
go according to our wishes.❞
After Tsukishima’s death everyone changed. Kuroda used to be caring and happy but after tsukishima, he didn’t even open his bandages. He rarely smiled and actually finished his hybrid child and made him exactly like Tsukishima. His appearance changed and he stopped looking clean and attractive. He turned messy and stopped caring about others. Kuroda’s personality showed how people change when they lose the person they love. He didn’t even get to confess and lost the person who was the most precious to him. This anime has some amazing characters. The historical aspect made this show more interesting. Hairstyles, clothes, etc made me wish I lived in the old times. Kuroda’s character was written flawlessly. His personality change before and after his worst life tragedy made me sympathize with him. Tsukishima had a childish yet mature personality. He did the hardest thing ever and actually committed harakiri to save his clan. His appearance was cute and his mature side made me like him. I wish they had a happy ending but life isn’t always fair. The plot and characters made me love this short anime so much.
Art and Animation
Shungiku Nakamura’s art style isn’t anything eye-catchy. As a person who reads a lot of manga, I’ve read manga with better art but that doesn’t mean this manga had a bad art style. Nakamura’s art is different than a lot of mangakas. The art doesn’t look smooth and it’s like the lines are thick. Characters have the old yaoi art if you don’t know what I mean… I mean yaoi hands. After a while, you’ll actually start liking the art. I didn’t like it at first but after watching junjou Romantica I was all about the art. Character designs are pretty good and the clothes are really detailed. As I said Nakamura has the old yaoi art; uke’s, bottoms, have bright cheerful eyes, semes have diamond-shaped eyes in both anime and manga, which is something I actually don’t mind. Even though art isn’t anything special it still is. I also love when the characters go chibi all of sudden and it makes the comedy aspect even better. I love the art-style. In other anime/manga, you see characters with colorful hair colors and hairstyles but Nakamura’s characters are different. character designs look as realistic as possible. Asians are mostly brown and black-haired and this is shown in Nakamura’s art. The art style has flaws too, but I found it interesting none the less. Sceneries of this manga/ anime are also really detailed which made me love the whole thing all over again.
Someone save me from all the feels—this anime has one of the most beautiful soundtracks of all time. They make me cry even though I don’t understand what the lyrics are. The melody makes you feel what a true tragedy is. A tragedy of losing your loved one. I adore every ost of this anime. God knows how much I love them. I listen to them on a daily basis. The ost fit perfectly and made me feel their emotions more and more. The voice acting was perfectly done. The background music played made scenes more effective. Sadness, happiness, love, … were felt with just the ost. The ending of this anime was really lovable. Other than the ending, my most favorite ost is soundtrack number 30. The melody makes me have goosebumps.
I recommend this anime to everyone, not only fujoshis and fudanshis. The plot is really interesting and sad. I’m pretty sure everyone will love it. Characters were really lovable and amusing. The historical aspect of this anime/manga made me fall deeply in love with the whole thing. The art isn’t the best factor but if you give it a chance you’ll love it. The ost, original soundtrack, and ending were seriously amazing and heartbreaking. Overall this anime/manga is worth your time.