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"You’re a first class fire demon, I like your spark!"
I’m sorry this is all i could accomplish lmao
i kept trying to draw minato with her but he never came out right so I’m sorry minato
happy march 5th
She reasoned that because she was beautiful she was significant, though what she signified, and to whom, was not clear to her yet.
- Gregory Maguire, Wicked
④ Benten (Suzuki Satomi) → Uchouten Kazoku
Benten’s place in the story is strange - she’s certainly a villain to Yasaburo. I mean, she is part of the club that ate his father. And she’s the one that talks him into doing the prank that permanently injures Akadama-sensei. But when we begin to unpack events from her perspective things stop being so simple.
Unlike most of the cast Benten is human and she might have been leading a perfectly normal life if Akadama-sensei hadn’t swooped down from the sky and kidnapped her when she was a teenager. That her personality ends up warped from all this is no surprise. Teaching her to fly doesn’t negate the fact that he’s a creepy old man whose underlining motive is that he wants in her pants. No wonder she’s not paralyzed by guilt from destroying his ability to fly.
But where her heart does ache is from eating Yasaburo’s father. I think the anime makes it pretty clear that she and Yasaburo are a little in love, it’s just complicated because they’re not the same species. Everything gets that much worse after Yasaburo’s father dies. Benten has fully isolated herself by joining the Friday Fellows. They’re human like she is but they aren’t all deeply entrenched in the world of the supernatural. Most don’t understand the cruelty they partake in by eating tanuki.
So why does she put herself through so much? She ultimately has the same motivation Yasaburo does - she wants to live an interesting life. The Friday Fellows is a group of very interesting people with connections, no surprise she wants to be part of them. They’re also notorious among the tanuki, another source of enjoyment that comes from being associated with them. When she walks into a room filled with tanuki they cower before her. She has a fan that controls the weather, she flies around in the Kyoto and watches fireworks from the sky. She has an entourage of Tengu that walk around holding her bags when she’s shopping. She pulls a whale’s tail because why the fuck not?
Storywise, this is all really refreshing for me. I always looked forward to her appearances because they brought in an element of the unexpected. What stunt was she going to pull next? And her conversations with Yasaburo were always a delight: the two of them flirted in a way similar to Holo and Lawrence in Spice and Wolf. Even when things got tense, Yasaburo was able to hold his own with her. The end of the series promised a new chapter in their lives and I’m only sad I don’t get to see it.
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