Sep. 19th, 2015

One of the disconnecting things about X is that it, in fact, is set within the perimeters of Tokyo and we don't feel much connection to the outside world. Some of the characters have that connection but most of them are regular Tokyo inhabitants. Granted, this makes X's Tokyo setting feel even more realistic in my mind than most other series and their settings. It's like a breathing, living being this Tokyo just the real version. And I say bravo to CLAMP—it helps they have such a fleshed out universe.

The story is generally murky about the Earthy dying and being reborn anew because you really don't know where all these dreams are coming from that say it's going to happen. I know this story is very much character driven, but there's still this opposing force outside it that begs for wondering—I mean, why should they believe in such a fate to begin with? Is there no other way to fix it? And does killing each other really do anything when none of them are really terrible people? (Excluding Fuuma and Seishirou, they have their own special interpret ions.)

I'm probably not the person to ask about all the little religious details. It's obvious that there's heavy Christian themes used for the Kamui to represent saving the world, and all the artwork shows that. But it feels strange still that through whatever higher power in fate knows this, I can't cannot to it so much because of the setting. It feels alive... but I don't connect it to the outside world as well.

So, I'm saying Tokyo feels genuine. It's so genuine and important to the story I don't feel a certain connection to saving the world or not saving the world. And that's one of the fundamental things in the whole series, which is strange.

There's a few other things I wanted to say about the characters. But I think I'll leave that for another day.
The issue of consensual sex during SeiSub stories is pretty interesting. Many times it's borderline rape, but it really isn't because I've noticed most SeiSubers don't like writing that and opt for sweeter stories instead. I have to classify most of it as dubious consent.

For example, one thing I find interesting is that Seishirou doesn't ever really find out Subaru's wish until maybe the end (that, no, he doesn't want him dead) but he somehow knows in all these fics that Subaru wants to be with him. And that's how people want to depict Seishirou—they want to overrule that and say Seishirou knows Subaru loves him, which Seishirou sadly never knew.

It's not really a big deal in the long scheme... but it's making the relationship healthier in a way. Seishirou still acts like a bastard. Subaru is usually unsure though he second guesses himself with Hokuto but doesn't think about it much by the end. Like all those stories about Seishirou bursting into Subaru's apartment. This assumes Seishirou wants to be there and wants to see Subaru squirm (that shows he actually does have feelings). Meanwhile, Subaru's fuming he's there but he doesn't want Seishirou to actually leave. And he accepts this all when they inevitably do have sex... and everything is okay, because they both accept that.

Somehow I feel like this is in character but out of character. It's strange, but to me I guess Subaru should make more moves on Seishirou to get what he wants rather than the other way around.

I'm not really sure where I was going with this post. Just wanted to get this idea down on paper. I just simply thought this dynamic is interesting. Maybe I'll edit this later to make more sense.



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