I’m really not sure what to make of this latest plot twist from Mori-sensei, which has Shirin’s husband (I mixed up last time and thought it was Anis’ husband that had collapsed) conveniently dropping dead and clearing the decks for this “sister” relationship to go to the next level. But from the beginning, this arc has seemed to me altogether more contrived and trivial than what’s come before, so I’m probably not the most receptive audience.
Well, at the very least we now have Mori redefining the standard for how to draw babies as well as cats, so I guess that has to count for something. Mori more than any other manga artist can tell a story with pictures and completely enrapture me in the process, and thank goodness in this instance, because I’m honestly not really caught up in the narrative itself.
On the other hand, having tackled (more brilliantly than anyone could have dreamed) a marriage between s 20 year-old woman and a 12 year-old boy, it seems Mori-sensei is turning her sights on polygamy now. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that – it was perfectly normal in this setting – but I’m sure it will be a somewhat sensitive topic in this day and age for the Japanese audience. I don’t know if that will be enough to make this arc actually interesting in story terms, but I’m curious now at the very least.