Six Days of Snow is a tragic story a few pathetic man and the horrible life decisions he makes.
This visible novel is a bit by Ebi-hime, which as a rule means you possibly can anticipate two issues: lovely artwork and a miserable narrative. Six Days was no exception to both. The story follows Eiji, a middle-aged author who’s in a bit of a droop when the story begins. He’s did not make a constructive impression on the critics who’ve learn his single novel and up to date poems, and his private life has grown stagnant as he falls out of love together with his spouse. Consequently, he’s determined to take every week’s trip on his personal to remain on the Azami Inn deep inside the mountains in rural Japan. There he meets the opposite principal character Reiko, the younger daughter of the inn’s proprietress.
For those who’re considering that that is going to be one other one of these tales the place a creepy middle-aged man falls for a reasonably younger woman who doesn’t know higher, then congratulations, you’ve found out the plot of Six Days of Snow. Eiji is by all accounts an extremely sorry excuse for an grownup man, and he’s hyper conscious of this. He is aware of that writing is a continuing wrestle for him, even though he’s been within the subject for over 20 years. One of the primary scenes that we see of him includes Eiji making an attempt to elucidate metropolis life to a rural taxi cab driver and failing to seek out the proper phrases. His work has been critiqued as unrealistic and maudlin, whereas the poems that critics appreciated earlier in his profession are scorned by him for being excessively wordy and overly emotional. Eiji continuously worries that his earlier work represents the height of what he was succesful of producing, and but acknowledges that he’s not the author who might churn out the fashion utilized within the writings of his youth.
On the similar time Eiji is struggling together with his residence life, particularly when coping with his spouse Sachiko. Eiji tells the reader time and again how completely good Sachiko is as a spouse; she by no means violently argued with him, all the time supported his endeavors as a author and has spent a number of many years being the right mom and homemaker to their two sons. She’s all the time smiling and is aware of precisely find out how to make miso soup and tea the best way he likes it; it’s perfection and pleasure day by day. But Eiji has lastly grown drained (and admittedly, a bit resentful) of his spouse. Sachiko, by his account, has no ambition to do something besides change gossip with the women at her Wednesday portray courses earlier than coming house to make dinner. She’s completely happy together with her life persevering with on precisely the best way it’s all the time been and that grates on Eiji. Eiji and Sachiko by no means problem one another or encourage the opposite to develop in any capability; consequently, their relationship has develop into mundane and predictable to the purpose the place it’s almost suffocating him. Eiji hopes that a while aside from one another on this journey will trigger him to understand his spouse extra, however even he doesn’t sound that satisfied himself by this line of reasoning.
Reiko, then again, is a younger lady with a life-time of risk stretching out in entrance of her. Sadly she’s trapped within the mountaintop inn together with her overbearing mom who screens and berates her each transfer. She’s by no means gone to any type of formal education, by no means frolicked with youngsters her personal age, by no means even been on a practice to journey someplace outdoors of her tiny rural city. She’s trapped right here by hypothetical guilt over leaving her widowed mom to run the failing inn all by herself and is satisfied that there’s no actual path to happiness obtainable to her as a result of of her isolation. Reiko appears destined to turn out to be yet one more ghost trapped within the Amazi Inn.
All of that is supposed to return collectively to coalesce right into a tragic romance about two wounded souls who can’t be collectively however discover some magnificence in one another earlier than the affair tragically falls aside. Ebi-hime particularly features a observe that unlocks after you end studying the VN explaining this, telling how she was impressed by a Japanese author who himself wrote a narrative a few middle-aged man and a fifteen-year-old woman discovering romance collectively at an inn when a real relationship would have been unimaginable for them. Six Days of Snow, nevertheless, was supposed to emphasise that the 2 important characters couldn’t probably love one another because of variations in age and life expertise, and that Reiko was truly a extra necessary character than Eiji; briefly, Six Days of Snow was imagined to be her story, not Eiji’s, about rising up and discovering herself.
I learn that observe and instantly thought of the film Assassination Nation. There’s a scene within the film the place one of the primary characters makes a remark about how terrible it’s to decorate ladies for the male gaze, whereas on the similar time the movie garbs all of its feminine characters in stiletto heels and (what I assume have been) no matter scraps of material the costume division managed to salvage after a fireplace destroyed a close-by handkerchief manufacturing unit. What I’m making an attempt to say right here is that simply since you’ve acknowledged that a trope is horrible and that you simply’re making an attempt to invert it into one thing constructive or worthwhile doesn’t imply you get a move to make use of that trope, particularly because you’re extra possible than to not fail in your aim.
I don’t purchase for a second that Reiko must be thought-about the primary character of this story, as a result of every little thing about her is outlined by how she interacts with everybody else. She’s both the cowering daughter, guffawing hostess or (within the epilogue) a doting mom. There was by no means some extent within the story the place I acquired a very good grasp of her character past younger, fairly and more likely to go together with what different individuals inform her to do. Some may argue that that’s as a result of most of Six Days is informed from Eiji’s level of view, and so of course we’re going to see an emphasis on the character traits that he’s lusting after. To which I might say positive, I will provide you with that if you can too agree that this can’t be Reiko’s story then and that, frankly, she doesn’t matter almost as a lot to the story as Eiji. She’s not an individual, she’s a reasonably little doll who sometimes feels unhappy, just for the epilogue to inexplicably give her a cheerful ending with a husband and youngsters within the metropolis with out bothering to elucidate how any of that got here to cross. Build up a tragic life for one of your foremost characters after which pulling a fast-forward to 6 years later transfer the place every part is sunshine and rainbows simply feels lazy.
Your complete forbidden romance angle is gross. Eiji isn’t a ok individual to easily not be interested in a lady whom he states is youthful than his youngsters. Somewhat, the bulk of the story focuses on his obsession with a toddler, and the way he tells himself again and again that he can’t love her as a result of it isn’t proper since she’s too younger they usually’ve solely recognized each other for a couple of days. The pederastic implication being, of course, that if she have been slightly older they usually knew one another slightly higher he wouldn’t really feel so responsible. It barely skirts the road of him rejecting her as a result of he is aware of how society would really feel about their relationship, somewhat than him admitting how extremely disgusting it’s for him to be sexually interested in this woman.
The fade to black intercourse scene is the prime instance of how badly Six Days failed in its quest to place a brand new spin on the forbidden romance story. Ebi-hime explains that the scene was designed to be upsetting; as an alternative of discovering happiness or which means within the act, each Reiko and Eiji really feel worse afterwards as a result of they comprehend it was completed with out love and finally has no lasting or constructive influence on their lives. Eiji will return to the town, Reiko will keep within the nation, and nevermore shall their paths cross. Which might have been high-quality and a reasonably essential message to ship to the reader, if it weren’t for the truth that, once more, Reiko is a toddler. Eiji is the one telling this story and he tries to border it as him giving in to Reiko’s whims (as a result of of course we’ve got a rattling Lolita concern the place the younger woman is the one tempting the older man into pursuing her) in order that she will have this second of making her personal selection within the midst of a lonely and managed existence. He’s the grownup; he’s the one who is meant to say no, notably given how emotionally immature Reiko is because of her upbringing. That is taking benefit of a younger lady who doesn’t know higher, regardless of the way you slice it.
After which when every thing is claimed and carried out, Eiji will get to go proper again to his spouse and youngsters in Tokyo with no guilt, as a result of he seems like Reiko understood very clearly that there’s no probability of a relationship right here. He won’t ever face the results for doing this horrible factor. It’s good to see within the epilogue that Reiko has moved on and doesn’t actually assume of Eiji past the books of poetry of his she’s picked up through the years, however the VN nonetheless missed a great alternative to at the very least have her acknowledge how completely fucked up her pseudo-romance with Eiji was. Her choice to go away behind his remaining e-book in a store after shopping for it comes off extra as a lady lastly getting over that first boyfriend she had in school, slightly than a person twice her age whom she’d solely recognized for a couple of days instantly fucking her as quickly as the chance introduced himself earlier than disappearing.
I can’t deliver myself to really feel dangerous for Eiji. He had a tragic life, however that’s solely as a result of he’s a pathetic character at his core. He feels that his writing is subpar however doesn’t ever point out any try on his half to pursue one other profession, previous or current, or making an effort to enhance his personal work. He isn’t comfortable together with his residence life and by some means decides that operating away for a bit is perhaps the trick to assist make things better (it doesn’t). He turns into obsessive about a younger woman and is extra saddened by the impossibility of a relationship between them than he’s by the truth that he took benefit of a naive youngster. That is, within the worst potential means, a narrative about cliche privileged man ache, and to cite a sensible lady who used to edit for me, “Man pain is boring.” Six Days of Snow is on Steam free of charge. It’s fairly and has good music and sound design, however I can’t convey myself to advocate it.
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