Well, I noticed there was no discussion topic for this series on the June forums (except one about censorship, which I have zero interest in having come up in this thread, please), so I thought I'd create one.
I would, however, before we kick off the discussion, be curious to know whether DMP has already licensed volume 3 and/or working on one for volume 4 (which was just released in tankoban in Japan last week) and when we might expect volumes 3 and 4 to be released. Over the next two years? Three? A timeframe, however rough or far away, would be appreciated, thanks.
Anyway, like the Yellow discussion I created earlier, let's do some meme-like questions:
Who's your favorite character?
Who's your favorite character other than Lahti or Kai?
Do you like or dislike Maria? As a character? As a person?
What do you think of Lahti's attitude towards Kai? Towards Maria?
What do you think of Kai's attitude towards Lahti? Towards Maria?
Have you followed the events beyond volume 2 already (ie, read volumes 3 and 4)?
Any other thoughts about the series?
My answers (CONTAIN SERIES SPOILERS!):
I like Kai the most. I don't mean to prefer the uke, but I often do for some reason, paticularly with Tateno couples. If I had to pick someone else, it would have to be Shiki. There is something so mysterious about him. Tateno never goes into his background, but I can't help but wonder where he came from or what he's really thinking behind that disarming smile. I like Maria. As a character, not really as a person. She's very scary, borderline psychotic, really. Like Mizuki in Yellow without the whole sex-change thing. I like to see the mindgames she plays with Lahti and Kai. Particularly with Kai. For some reason I like to see Kai being confused/upset/overwhelmed and then pulling himself through and doing something amazing. I think Lahti really cares about Kai, but can't show it because of his position. He can't show any sign of weakness or give his enemies any reason to target Kai to get to him. Towards his sister, as Kai believes, I don't think he wants to kill her. I think he is forced into a position where he has to oppose her as the enemy of Sarte, and treats her as a rival for Kai's affections more and more as the series goes on. Despite how Kai behaves towards Lahti early on, it's very clear he is entirely devoted to him, but at the same time there is this yearning in him to match Lahti's strength and stand next to him, instead of just serving him. As for his feelings about Maria, I think he loves the memory of her, not what he now has. Through the series this becomes clearer and clearer to him (that he can't go back to that time and they can't be happy together). I have read the whole series (through currently serialized chapters), so I know everything that happens in volumes 3 and 4.
Also, I am curious to know whether the story is over completely now or not. The set up to Steal Moon was already established, the relationship between Lahti and Kai was finally solidified, though from what I've heard there is another chapter to be serialized in the magazine it ran in, so who knows? That might be a little too spoilerish for discussion here, though. At least right now, anyway.