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Kenren Question

I should know this, but what the heck is that thing on his chest?

I mean the winged skull thing: Is it a tattoo? A necklace?

Somehow I missed whatever explanation may have occurred in the canon ... .

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nekonexus
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I don't think it's ever explained in canon (so much isn't). I was going to say tattoo, but there is official artwork of him without it (like so). Necklace on a chain, then?
chomiji
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)

smilla found the info! It's jewelry, but maybe not exactly a necklace.

smillaraaq
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Here's the comic that goes with Soto's translation, for a better (albeit cartoony) look:

chomiji
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)

... and if we needed any more evidence about the nature of the 10K relationship, that should do it! LOL! Look at Kenren's face there ... .

smillaraaq
Sep. 25th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
They're SO married. XD
elsane
Sep. 26th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
*happy gaiden snorfling* I'd forgotten about this. It's priceless. The sacrifice of your aesthetic does not go unnoticed, general *snerk*

Man, I hope we get more glimpses of Kenren and Tenpou in the ants series.
nekonexus
Sep. 27th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh cool. :) I keep forgetting that Saiyuki isn't actually *done*, I just fell sideways out of fandom. :(

And I never did read the last couple chapters of Gaiden. And of course we will forever be missing a volume of Reload... Waaahh...
chomiji
Sep. 27th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)

I'm miserable with the idea that there might not ever be English tankoubon volumes, but saiyuki_manga will surely pick the series up again once sensei starts publishing again. (And you can check out the last part of Gaiden there anytime you want ... .)

(Even if someone else does pick up the series in English ... the same translators and adapter had worked on the series for Tokyopop since the beginning. I know a lot of people complained about the translation, but at least the voice was consistent - Samurai Deeper Kyo had huge problems with that, especially toward the end.)

smillaraaq
Sep. 27th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
The last few chapters are amazing. *wibbles*

And if you don't mind mismatched editions, you can get Reload 10 in English from Singapore publisher Chuang Yi. The shipping costs are painful, but at least it's hard copy...
nekonexus
Sep. 27th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Yeah... they just came out at a time when I wasn't coping (yay for messed up brain chemistry) so I didn't want to read them and then end up randomly sobbing about it. >.> I should though. Read them. Not sob.

why am I not in bed??

I've read the scanlations, at least.
smillaraaq
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
It's a souvenir from Down Below that Tenpou gave him! <3

http://konnyakuhonyaku.livejournal.com/26593.html

Judging by the "jingle" sound effect and glimpses of chain we see, it's metal, but possibly more like a criss-cross body chain sort of ornament rather than a necklace per se.

Edited at 2011-09-25 02:38 am (UTC)
chomiji
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)

Thanks, imouto-chan! I suspected you knew, but I thought it might be fun as an open discussion!

smillaraaq
Sep. 25th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Clearly I have spent far too much time contemplating Kenren's chest...
lawless523
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for asking. I haven't been sure myself. I read, but promptly forgot, Soto's translation of Gaiden Memoirs that Smilla came up with, probably because I hadn't read Gaiden yet at the time.
chomiji
Sep. 25th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)

I wonder if I read that at some time earlier too - but I certainly didn't recall it! I remembered Tenpou's love of collecting odd bits of stuff from the World Below, but that's about it.

lauand
Sep. 25th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
For some strange reason, I did't even have the doubt, I had just assumed it was jewelery, but I couldn't have imagined that it was a love token present from Tenpou!

rachel_reicheru
Sep. 25th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
It so is a love token right XD it's essentially a warning for anyone who tries to cross into Tenpou's territory and steal Kenren.
lauand
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
And the beautiful thing is that Kenren actually wears it!
lady_ganesh
Sep. 25th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
It's Sandy's necklace of skulls! I always figured it was a necklace for that reason. I love that it's from Tenpou.
flemmings
Sep. 25th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ohh of *course*. (hits head) What else could it be?
lady_ganesh
Sep. 25th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I confess, I think I read it somewhere else.
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