It is now here, it was only a matter of course, Tatsuya originally wanted to answer, but he immediate noticed Miyuki's question had another meaning. Maya's explanation is indeed hard to understand, but Tatsuya understood many things. But whether or not this is good for Miyuki, Tatsuya cannot determine.
She feared, this body will not have a stable life. If one day she suddenly stops breathing, then she cannot be with Tatsuya. And so, heading that she and Onii-sama will live an equal amount of time, the fact that she was the regulator became irrelevant. Indeed Maya said, Miyuki's genetic factor is adjusted, transformation is more appropriate, on genetic distance, the aunt and nephew relationship between Tatsuya and Maya is still far. But Tatsuya did not show Miyuki any hints to that point. Although not as comprehensive, if we look at it at genetic factors, you and I are no different].
Tatsuya for a moment thought he heard wrong. But his facial features have a superhuman level of sensitivity. This can only be interpreted as Miyuki and Tatsuya. I was not ordered by aunt! Even if I know Onii-sama and I are related by blood, I want to be loved! I want to be your bride! Because I have already given up, so I cannot give up even more! It can probably be too excited because of the reason, from time to time there are a few incomprehensible words. Just the phase [Because I have already given up, so I cannot give up even more, this means that [Before all this, I have given up, but when I know that I can get married to you I will not give up].
Miyuki from the start is trouble by this, for Tatsuya this is out of the blue. Indeed, Miyuki often expressed feelings beyond sibling love. But Tatsuya always felt that in the end it was merely admiration. To this very abnormal sister, you must feel very sick right……]. It is not loud and tearful, but those who hear it will be anxious, suppressing the inner sadness, barely bottled-up crying. Tatsuya originally though his hand would be brushed off. Tatsuya wanted to stop her, [hey, wait a minute] words failed to come out.
Now his every senses, cannot do anything to abandon Miyuki, no, he cannot do it. Tatsuya was used to hearing [I respect you]. Just a word of difference, the weight of those words is heavy. To Tatsuya this is the first time has learned such feelings. Because of my sick attraction towards you.
Please do not abandon me. Please do not push me away]. First of all, I would like to clarify that this time will not go up a detailed outline for the moment. I'm not sure what happened with Amazon, but I would wait until it's official day of departure of the book before talking about spoilers and some things.
This time I would like to give an impression of what has been this volume, and perhaps well to draw some preliminary conclusions. For this volume I do not think I needed to extend in a summary like that again and I see more activity and more people who can read the original to fill with developments. For my part I would like to further my own translation and perhaps work more special as Leo, or Steeplechase.
For the previous volume I omitted several things and some purposely left them half so that the interest is not lost for seeking more spoilers or clarify things. About how I got the book, I have to clarify that the issue is not mine but a friend who spent summers with his family in Kyoto. Luckily it is and those who purchase multiple copies, so he could send me one, though also I got an email saying the change of date of shipment. In other words, surely I get my own copy soon, or I leave my friend in exchange for that I have. Shipping takes days, but for different channels the book came to me express mail from California.
I think that a person who brought as part of your baggage, so it did not go through customs controls and so I came in a different box to Amazon. For starters, this volume is shorter than the last, but not by much. In fact the pace of the story moves well to give more concise explanations of magic or some details, compared to the first volume at least. The previous volume exceeded some explanation, but it's making them very interesting. Satou introduces elements of Asian beliefs and legends often. I think if you already read volume 7 will realize what I mean.
This time some are rather extensive, but not redundant. This volume is the Arch of Succession of Yotsuba, and as the name suggests, is largely about the clan. This time we have more details of the family, guardians modified system, and rather peculiar characters. It may not mean much to the common reader, but if they have at least followed Tokyo Ravens, and have read some manga, the names shown in the tree have much significance in the world of the "magic" in our real world.
When giving more details if they do later will better understand this. This volume makes clear one thing: Maya not planning things for Miyuki using Tatsuya, but the opposite. It is clear that everything that has happened is for the sake of Tatsuya, and the interests of Maya. This time striking two things magical aspect of science: ESCAPES project that seeks to use an advanced system large-scale magic for beneficial and dangerous bed of the coast in the Pacific Ocean substances.
It is a system that incorporates four elements that have been developed since the incident in Okinawa: Cast Loop System, Magic Flight, Stellar Furnace vol. During the development of road and the main mansion we can see why Miyuki really afraid to leave Tatsuya as a simple servant.
The attitude of many remains of contempt, but this will change later. Maya reveals the great "lie": they are not brothers. They are brothers of one birth "mother", but not genetically. Miyuki and it was created in the laboratory and designed by Miya. Perhaps many are confused with this, but it should be. Maya reveals more things later, and so said that it is better not to believe everything or to believe blindly. To clarify, some spoilers are incomplete by what I saw.
This does not make false, they are partly true but not all, and this is important for the character of Maya. Particularly because Mitsugu, who will play an important role in this volume clarifies this. Maya is not the mother of Tatsuya. This then really say that the mother is not in body, but in spirit his mother.
He was born as a worthy son of Maya, with the power to destroy the world that took his happiness with the same kind of magic she possesses. Again, for now Miya son Tatsuya is not of Maya for those who were confused. Why I not say for sure? Because in the end you never know. We can trust Mitsugu Kuroba, but not on how things are going to develop on. It also reveals a bit about the birth of Tatsuya. As a boy with the power to destroy the world, as the worst weapon created, the clan felt the need to kill him.
This is part of the conversation with Hayama in the previous volume. It is thanks to Kuroba Tatsuya family was not killed, but trained and made guardian. What is obviously important is the next leader Miyuki. This is a decision of Maya, and commitment to Tatsuya too. Not to dwell on the explanations, the last part of the book is the demonstration of the new magic Tatsuya: Baryon Lance.
This has two objectives: to show that the decision to commit to Tatsuya with Miyuki is valid, to demonstrate its power to the rest of the clan, and prove that in fact the son of Maya to have the same magical quality to it. This also means free it from its role as guardian, and give freedom.
The volume ends by explaining that the name Shiba Miyuki as next heir, and Shiba Tatsuya as her fiance are sent to the council of the 10 Clans Masters. However, instead of receiving a letter of congratulations and good wishes reach a formal complaint against the union, addressed to the headquarters of the assembly of teachers clans and written by Ichijou Gouki, Masaki father. Shibata Katsushige had just entered the Ministry of Defense as a staff member this year.
Although the job required for them to periodically report to work on their day off, in general, their winter break was not as long as students. Katsushige, who had just arrived, stopped Kotona, who was at the entrance to greet him, from returning to the living room. Katsushige operated the terminal imbedded in the wall. I just arrived. Well, take a seat. Katsushige judged that this will take long and sat down on the sofa directly across from the display. The sofa set was a little narrow for Katsushige who was proud of his cm, 80kg frame which was a waste for an office worker.
The truth is, Shiba Miyuki has just contacted Ogan. It seems she will be coming to the main house on the 29th. To be ready for any unforeseen circumstances, a set number of personnel report for work. After the repeated world outbreaks of war, the Ministry of Defense in particular has this setup over the entire year. However, the newcomer Katsushige has been given the traditional holiday from the 29th. Katsushige was feeling increasingly suspicious. May I know why? How unfortunate. Certainly, Miyuki was an outstanding Magician, and at the same time, she excelled in the mental interference type magic that was a special characteristic of the Yotsuba.
However, although it is said that importance is placed on a Yotsuba family head having mental interference type magic, this is not an absolute condition. The previous head Eisaku, and his predecessor Motozou were high-level mental interference type magic practitioners but the current family head who was chosen was not Miya who was a mental restructuring practitioner but Maya who did not have an aptitude for mental interference type magic.
Furthermore, in terms of close range combat power, Katsushige believes that he excels over Miyuki. Katsushige thought that the possibility of him being chosen as the next family head was certainly not low. The truth is that he himself probably understood. It is not that. However, we will not allow that to happen. If you think about the influence the main family head has on the entire family, substantially, the next family head is decided by said family head. For example, if the branch family heads all choose to support me, I do not think I would be able to get the support of the entire family.
I am sure that you understand at least that much. What do you mean then? However, it is still too early for that. He could understand that it was too soon to become the new family head. However, what harm was there in being simply named as the successor? She will become a magician worthy of being the Yotsuba family head. Certainly there could be a problem with him as a magician, but in terms of his actual ability as a combat magician, there is no room for doubts. That magic is too powerful. Because it was used in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, More than myself, you who work for the Ministry of Defense should know the kind of diplomatic negotiations that took place with the anti-Japan military alliances.
Among the countries sounded out for an alliance included the New Soviet Union. Although it is a minus that tensions with the USNA has increased, within the ministry, it is thought that the restraint put on the surrounding countries is a plus. For this, we need more time. Now, if Miyuki is named as the next family head, that man will be by her side. However, to Katsushige, he cannot help think that they are trying to justify avoiding this problem head on because of the emotions involved. He may have also intended to hide his agitation. However, that emotionless mask was not something that had happened yesterday.
Katsushige could see that the dregs of these sentiments were accumulated over the course of many years. We seek a power in which no one will become a victim.
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We do not wish for the power to shake the world. Leaving our responsibility aside, we will seal that man, that magic. Katsushige decided that all he could do was to avoid meaningless collateral damage. Katsushige asked out of surprise. Both the Mashiba and Shizuka families did not specialize in intelligence.
They probably had the same abilities as the rest of the Ten Master Clan families, but within the Yotsuba, the Kuroba specialized in intelligence. As the maneuvering involved with confining a target demanded subtle actions, he thought it was unnatural that the Kuroba would not be involved. However, Kuroba-dono has said he will restrain himself from meddling as his children hold that man in great regard. It seemed that he would not just be feeling anxious in the future, but Katsushige had decided that his role would be to hold the damage to a minimum.
To that end, he needed to know the plans. Our objective is always confinement. If the confinement works till then, fine. In case Mashiba-dono and Shizuka-dono fail, you will be our last defense. Story Story Writer Forum Community. Sort: Category. Road to a Master by Fee-fi-fo-fum reviews What if Delia had stepped in and made sure that Ash was prepared for his journey? After all, what kind of mother will allow her only son to travel a dangerous world ill-prepared?
Smarter Ash, more prepared Ash. A mix of the games and the anime. The Greatest Gift by Ngame reviews Join Star, Marco, and their whole interdimensional extended family, as they live and love and grow together and tackle challenges in their new world. Star Vs. Famiglia Drabbles by sakurademonalchemist reviews Chaos abounds in this set of drabbles. I'll try to post most of my new KHR stories here until they make the requirement I set to become a full story!
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Tradition by Manu reviews Even if you missed it a few times, some traditions are worth picking up again. Tall quirkless badass Izuku that don't need no quirk. Starco Vs The Forces of Evil by blackwolfwrites reviews Star and Marco have cleaved their worlds together, ending the reign of magic and queens. Or so they thought. As life settles on Earth-ni, old enemies arise and new problems threaten the balance of peace and power in the new world. Total Command by Epsilon reviews When quirks appeared, humanity dealt with the greatest power shift it had seen in millennia.
The sudden change gave women powers never seen before, but men were left behind. It was an age of heroes. Now years later, the rest of humanity began to catch up He will keep fighting for his dream, no matter who steps in his way. But when even All Might turns down his dreams, what will he do?
Time to be a hero in a different way. Rated T, may change to M. Fate-In time by Parcasious reviews He was a hopeless man, a man who would amount to a little more than a fool. Yet this man pursued an endless dream, a dream in which he could hold her again The Inevitability of Oversight by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet reviews Anakin has been at the temple for a while now and his life seems to have stabilized, mostly. No small feat for a time-traveling former Sith. But, even with support from those who know, this tentative balance can't last.
It's only a matter of time, and with Sidious involved, he can only prepare and hope; not something he's exactly good at. Palpatine, Siri T. Vice-Admiral Garp could never have imagined what trying to keep Luffy from meeting any pirates could cause. Now Luffy, Ace, and Sabo have their own powers to make each of their individual dreams come true.
What will happen to the world when the three brothers each take to the sea to fulfill their destinies? No Yaoi. How will these relationships change Goku's life as he goes through the trials and tribulations of the Universe.
Find out now on Dragon Ball Z: Dynasty! Viridescent by darkfire reviews As a child, Izuku decided it would be better if he were Quirkless than to have a power that scared everyone. Now a teenager and looking to enter U. A, he finds himself as the protege of All Might and a student of the best heroes in the nation- but there's no running from a part of you, and he's learning the hard way that you have to accept all of yourself to be a real hero.
Pillars by Naowt reviews One for All. A quirk whose power was unmatched, always growing from one person to the next. Midoriya Izuku was the definition of this quirk. Through his actions, sacrifices and determination he will raise himself and others around him. Together they will become the pillars of society. The Symbols of Peace. The Quirkless Hero: Deku! The hope he held for so long was shattered in an instant. However, he wouldn't—couldn't let things end there. He was only told that he couldn't be a Hero because no Quirkless had become one before. He was going to be a Hero.
He was going to show the world that Heroes don't have to be born. They can be built. Changing Fate by Princessleia reviews Anakin is on a mission when he accidentally touches a Sith artifact and is flung into the future. Will he be able to prevent the future or will he always be destined to fall? What surprises will the future hold for the Chosen One? Incubus Marco by Creeply reviews Marco is given a gift at a party. Smutty sexy hijinks ensue. Izuku was quirkless Now with a quirk, he will strive to become the greatest Hero!
Strong Izuku, Izuku x harem due to poll. Slight One Piece x-over for just the devil fruit. Light of the Sun and Stars by thDorkMagnet reviews His whole life Marco Diaz has been raised by monsters, living under the cruel rule of their leader, Toffee. But one day Marco escapes into Mewni where he meets a magical princess and Mewman like himself, who begins teaching him all about her world. Together they will learn about life, love, and the lights within each of them, as they change their world forever. Let the adventure begin!
Demon Cure by lamune. Even when their spirits are down from losing another pillar, the contains inside might turn that around for the better. Despite being only 15, he has saved the world more times than is funny and had helped everyone he has come across. However, when the Legends of the world begin to congregate to the Alola Region, all with the intent of finding him, how will he deal with it? It changes the way one sees the world around itself, and push us past our limits.
But there is a thin line between burning love and crazy obsession, and Uraraka Ochako may have crossed it, and not only her. One by one, they all fall in the charms of a certain greeen haired teen. Can he take on all that 'love? Rated M for the lots of lemons. Deku the quirkless villain by Io of nine reviews Midoriya Izuku has been bullied his whole life for being quirkless. And at the advice of his former bestfriend decides to end it all. However what happens when a shattered boy gets pieced back together by the wrong crowd. Modest Success by kideaxl reviews Tsunayoshi did not truly know the girl who had caught his attention.
She held herself with grace, but lacked joy. Swallowing thickly, he wondered if he could bring even a tentative smile to her features. Boldly, he imagined her within his embrace. Official Statement: Unfortunately, they share the same body. Fortunately, they seem to be on our side. Caution suggested. AU caused by the first Red Trailer, among other things. Please Read and Review. But soon they found their own comfort in a relationship built on a mountain of lies. Ebina, Hachiman H. Stare of the Basilisk King by Zero Arashi Uchiha reviews After being Bitten by the Basilisk in his second year at Hogwarts unbeknownst to Harry the basilisk had gifted him as the infusion of a phoenix's tears caused a chain reaction.
Tanjiro begins his journey as a demon slayer and along the way encounters many friends and foes alike to help him on his adventure. Though why had he not noticed that most demon slayers are women? And why are they all seeking a interest in him? Years later in recovery she receives visits from her son's best friend, Izuku Midoriya.
The young man making her feel safier than she's ever been her whole life. Can he heal her broke mind and heart, or is she doomed to remain broken? Dekiru: The Fusion Hero! Being able to combine with objects to make himself stronger? So cool! However, what he didn't expect, what no one expected, was what happened if he used his Quirk on people Each chapter is a lemon, delving deeper into the world of BDSM with each installment.
Rated M for obvious reasons. Tales of Heroism by Raja-Ulat reviews This is a series of oneshot stories featuring different versions of Midoriya Izuku and his different paths to becoming a hero. Entropy by Imperium42 reviews Two years after he vanished from U. All orderly systems descend into chaos. No one is immune to entropy, heroes least of all.
Queens of Mewni by I. Rally reviews Marco was curious about Mewni, and Star's magic wand. How the wand becomes the Butterfly's family heirloom? Discovering her best friend's curiosity, Star took Marco to the Grandma room, and told him about the histories and stories of the queens and the wand. The OC queens were made by jgss in deviantart.
Alternate queens, in later chapters, by Trail-Grazer in deviantart also Star Vs. Jon, King in the North, discovers his true identity and fights an ancient evil. Daenerys meets new allies and battles for the right to rule Westeros. Jaime Lannister seeks redemption, and the scattered Stark children return home, armed with new skills. Hybrid of book and show canon, ignores S7 and 8. Code Geass: Lionheart of the Revolution by Karndragon reviews Lelouch made an important decision when he was a child and it leads him to make different choices in his life and now as he decides to fight against his own country of Britannia and the injustice that goes with it, Lelouch takes action on a different path of his rebellion.
In doing so, the King and Queen will rise up to take back the school and banish Nakiri Azami. In the process, they would find an undying love for each other. Yet the competition to be the Queen by the King is fierce with so many challengers. Intervention by Batmarcus reviews During an average day of bullying Izuku is rescued by a family he's never met before and makes a new friend. How does this one small groups intervention and presence change his whole life, as well as the story of Class 1A as a whole? Rated for some future events and moments.
Featuring a Fem! Kind Eyes by Lilbloo20 reviews AU. Tanjirou doesn't kill mother spider demon on natagumo mtn. Instead he let's her go and that changes everything. A Certain Fire Queen's Request by rohasshiki reviews When Hachiman receives a request meant for him alone, he figures that perhaps he can use it to his own advantage. But maybe, just maybe, something will change in him and his requester along the way Feedback appreciated, can get OOC.
Apotheosis by Lord Wolfe reviews Apotheosis, the highest point in the development of something or if you prefer, the elevation of someone to divine status. Villain Izuku, eventually OP as hell. Infinity Gauntlet AU. The Young Veteran by LawKaynn reviews There are very few things that can prepare one for hero work, but surviving for over two centuries as a soldier for peace on an alien planet might be one of those things.
Watch as Izuku ushers in an Era of peace. Ruby vs The Machines by bowow reviews Not really. She's surrounded by five strange girls who came out of nowhere. Who are these girls? And why are they fighting over Ruby? Rhapsody in Green by Imperium42 reviews It all started out innocently enough. Three years after Class 1-A graduates from U. Nothing goes as planned when it comes to romance, though. Spoilers for those who have not read that far! Unstoppable by ciel blackblood reviews "Today's afternoon snack is brioche accompanied by tea.
My mistress is about to arrive from school, so please, allow me to dispose of you. Free Heart by duaba reviews Only Garp could show up on Mt. Colubo with another child for Dadan to watch over and only Luffy would accept point blank that she was his sister, despite everything and everyone else saying otherwise.
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There will be Emperor Lelouch vi Britannia the conqueror of the world! Mahesvara's Consorts by Zoriki reviews Happens after volume What if Maya decided on a different approach on how to deal with the incoming threats from other groups? What if it involved bonding her son to more girls? After all, the more the merrier, or not? The Sky That Accepts All by Kaliade reviews year-old Sawada Tsunami wakes up one day to find up she now has a sadistic tutor in the form of an infant. Tsuna's hiding a bit of a secret from her family, though.
It's not like she could just tell her mother, let alone her father, that she's in charge of a Yakuza group. First attempt at fanfic. Rated for later chapters. Crossposted from AO3. Spider Of Scarlet by Chocolate X My Mouth reviews Its summer break for Peter, which gives Tony an idea - instead of letting him waste his summer away indoors he knows he wouldn't , how about letting him join the Avengers?
The team will surely take care of him! However, in the process, Peter ends up growing closest with the red-clad girl few people dare to approach, except the team. Let's find out how. Everyone is happy-AU! So why does this forced partnership, initially extremely hostile, seem like the perfect recipe neither of them knew they needed?
Protect the crew. There would be no failures this time around, Captain's orders. As bits and pieces of the unknown past that the two comrades share are gradually revealed, the rest of the crew can only speculate. For all their absolute resolve, they're hiding something. Green x Green by Yojimbra reviews Valentine's day rolls around and Izuku is surprised when Setsuna Tokage Ambushes him with some homemade chocolates, a confession and a date for this weekend.
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Secrets Behind the Magic by animeloverhomura reviews Even in high school Tatsuya draws attention to the oddities and secrets behind his existence and family. If the high school Tatsuya does that, how could his younger self possibly go through school without receiving suspicion from his classmates?
The simple answer? He doesn't. And, after showing a bit too much of the real him, his classmates become determined to find the rest. Outside the borders of Western Civilization lies the rest of the world. AU after The Last Olympian. Percy x various mythological figures, het and slash. Written in the Sand by Mr. Holocene reviews Anakin is denied from being trained as a Jedi and is sent back to Tatooine. After he arrives, Anakin finds himself being pulled into a Slave Revolution on Tatooine. Anakin also hears a voice beckoning him to the farther reaches of Tatooine, where he makes a life-changing discovery.
How much would you risk to save them from an eternal nightmare? Would you risk everything? Armed with more than determination and the memories of the past, he will seek to correct what he views as the greatest injustice caused by Fate. Consequences of a Lifelong Insult by jleejiangli reviews Izuku, is a boy with many qualities.
All too soon, they erupt again, and she is driven from place to place craving that short respite when she first arrives. At last she finds a modicum of peace in the Arizona desert, but her fragile tranquility is shattered by the sudden appearance of Joe, also cursed: he must do whatever the voice in his head demands, and it now demands that he join forces with Flotsy. They must thwart a powerful, psychotic man from stealing the water of a vital aquifer.
Abruptly, Flotsy is shattered by a vision. An entity immobilizes her with its intensity and extreme need to make itself understood. What could they possibly do together? The only survivors: Mormon trideevangelist Alrue Latier, his plural wives, and a reluctant documentarian.
To survive, they must con the native tribespeople they encounter on a breathtaking scale. The missing-socks mystery opens the path toward unimaginably larger mysteries, touching even the domain of lint theory. Those who try face patronizing discrimination. Into this Galactic crucible leaps Earth-boy Gram Enoda alongside an impossibly intelligent vibrionic sidekick: his secret weapon and the bane of his existence. Enoda just wants to get rich. Instead he stumbles into a top-secret, half-baked plan to yes, literally save the Galaxy.
Along the way he must confront a crackpot Mormon trideevangelist and a seductive preacher of nihilism. Johan stands on the steps of Bankoor, a futuristic city full of wonder and mistrust. Here he must make his stand to avenge his destroyed home and find his friend. As the gap between the brave warriors closes, the worlds of technology and magic will clash! Quantum Cannibals brings together authentic cultures and history from the far reaches of the world, from the far reaches of time. Were it possible, rocks from the age of dinosaurs should already be cluttered with artifacts from future time-tourists.
Nevertheless, she proves with fellow geologist Jonathan Renner that a human skeleton encased in Pleistocene rock came from their own time. Their work, coupled with fundamental research by physicist Susan Arasmith, reveals an unexpected character to the universe that carries them from the safe world of science into a struggle with powers and possibilities they hadn't imagined.
The three friends, along with Kar-Tur, a frightening mystic from the ancient past, learn that discovery is sometimes as much about faith as knowledge, and that friendship and love are often found where least expected. A must-read satire! In this final voyage, readers experience twists given to modern events, many that have occurred in living memory. Treiber Things seem to be going well for her when she starts working for Fred Mott, the local human crimelord. The horses figure as a mute but expressive presence, providing a powerful visual and cinematic counterpoint to the otherwise arcane, elliptically poetic passages of philosophical meditation.
Who or what is that animal that not only exists but thinks, indeed thinks its existence, but can also render this thinking in images, images of the human and its troubled relationship with the animal? Here it is moving images, images of animals, of non-human life, that animate this thinking, giving it a life and a force that invites a response.
All of these cinematic horses bear mute witness to a critical silence: the silence of animals, to cite John Grey, in the face of human sovereignty, with its unthinking violence and wanton destructiveness. They—we—are making a scene. Making a scene. And in doing so, he asks what it might mean to commence, to begin a Seminar, a lecture, with that phrase, as if one is to make a scene, as stealthy as a wolf. They are at each other; they are making a scene, this beast and this sovereign. One concerns what stealth would always already employ, necessarily and contingently, at a moment where we precisely would not be able to tell necessity from contingency, a capacity, a capability to feign, and moreover, to feign that one is feigning.
The second is the constituting moment of the human as that being which intervenes in the theo-zoological, an anthropos that mediates between the beast and the sovereign. When we begin to think these two themes together, supposing we are able to think them at all, a question arises concerning the fundamental locale of the human as that being caught between an undecidability of a feign, or to feign, of feigning, simulating the phantasms of appearance, and of feigning that feigning, as if there is a grounding locale precisely of the human as that animal who doubles its own dissimulations and thereby thinks its divinity.
That dissimulation is a becoming-contract between humans that precisely excludes from its contractual bonds the beast and the sovereign, the la and the le of sexual differences, as if the human is itself-alone self-legislating. At stake, then, is performativity—precisely making scenes of sexual differences—that I would name life-as-differentiator. Jacques Lacan is the one who suggests that while animals feign, only humans are able to feign that they are feigning.
This becomes a question of light and language, seeing and saying: an animal cannot be a subject, which is to say a relation of one signifier to another, a subject of the signifier, and hence constituted in the Symbolic, in the locus of the Other. Animals have no unconscious. Their relations to otherness are specular, which is to say, confined to the Mirror Stage, as instinctual behaviour, especially in sexualizing specularity.
But this specularity would never be the constituent of the Gaze, concerned as the latter is with the insistence of the letter in the unconscious, desire and demand. In short, the animal reacts instinctually, while the human responds, which is to say, as subject to the locus of the Other, to Law and transgression, the human is responsible. The animal is neither responsible nor irresponsible.
The question of right, law and the good do not arise for it. This difference of re-acting and re-sponding asks for another logic of decision, another thinking of life, living beings in their sovereignty as living self-sufficiency. Neither light nor language would be the stakes in this, as if we humans, in our bestial divinity have that vantage point from which life is clarified, seeable and sayable—totalizable. Its sexual differences feign, re-act and pretend-to-pretend, re-spond to another thinking of life, to an undecidability as to who or what this film is for, as if it is for no-one quite human, but yet addresses a life, singular and immediate.
We follow neither, while yet tracing the contours of each. We seem not to know how to react nor to respond. And yet we are affected.
She says—he wrote her. She-he wrote, she was going at them. Without hesitation. She, at times, erased her traces. She does that, dissimulates, counterfeits all of her coins. It makes valuation chaotic, im-measureable. Vain, even—as if it is a question of looks. She and he make a scene that concerns the instability of our logics of sense, that we are irredeemably on the outside of the outside, abandoned to the oblivion of an existence whose sensibility we are forever awaiting. It never comes.
All the while this building, this constructing, this writing and performing, this acting, re-acting and responsibility we think accedes to life, accelerates it, vivifies it. All the while we de-vivify, we take theoretical stances, disciplinary regions, as if life, my life, my living, is recoupable and re-countable. For the most part it is not. Dark Light neither says nor shows as if it is a thing, living or dead.
It is not a thing we encounter, an object whose meanings encounter a subject. We encounter meaningfulnesses or not rather than a thing, expressions—meaningfulnesses from out of life living itself. This would be the counter-logic or counter-actualization of the film—neither its projections nor derivations but an alerting to our a-whiling, our living-in its company, its accompanying, its—our—en-owning. And that would also be the contingent necessity of all living.
The two concepts to be considered are metaphor and interpretation. I think it is not difficult for us to agree that the film Dark Light is not operative on the level of metonymy. I preliminarily frame metonymy here as a chain of signifiers constructing the narcissistic bubble of understanding or moving towards meaning and, thus, truth. In its conscious refusal of metonymic functions of image and sound, the film seems to defy any attempt to make a sense out of its rather unkind juxtaposition of incompatible signifiers. Dark Light is full of mysterious connections between images, words and voices and their persistent rejection to any perceivable coherent meaning disorients the comfortable position of audience as a skilful reader of cinematic language.
Instead of reading the film in the cosy seat of a knowing audience — more so in my case on the basis of my own illusionary confidence as a psychoanalytic film critic — I had to dismiss my usual greed for meaning which transfixes the position of an audience or reader with the possessive grip on one signifier after another in the hope of paving an access to the ever elusive meaning or truth. The film deliberately interferes my reading and the abyss of Dark Light takes command. Such aesthetic intent of the film is comprehended better on the level of metaphor where Lacan sees poetic and creative possibility of human discourse.
If I am allowed to unpack the Lacanian definition of metaphor in its contradicting relation to metonymy in more details, Lacan explains metonymy and metaphor as two fundamental operations of the unconscious - that is, the unconscious which is structured like a language. Metonymy is a more normative operation of our everyday discourse whereas metaphor is a rather wilful break from such ordinary discourse.
Metonymy represses the full exposure of the very signification qua the structure of the unconscious by fuelling the fantasy of understanding something and obtaining a meaning through the diligent act of reading. However, metaphor reveals the falsity of such fantasy by unveiling the passage of the signifier into the signified and showing that the signified that is ardently sought after is nothing but another signifier which happens to be placed at the nexus of the unconscious.
On the contrary, Dark Light brings the very act of signification into existence and facilitates our experience of the existence and fundamentality of signification instead of allowing its audience to safely hide behind the effects of seemingly familiar signifiers. Once I admit to myself the impossibility of sense-making as such, somehow I start attentively observing how the film turns philosophy to the poetics by inserting scansion.