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少年審判、開廷…裁きの行方は!? 高台で向き合った従兄弟の”しげる”は、 かつてママに高台から突き落とされた”自分”だったーー 僕が消えることが正しいこと…そう思った瞬間、静一は”自分”を葬るため しげるを突き落とし、殺めた。 それは、己の中のママとの決別の儀式。 罪悪感を一切感じることなく、静一は鑑別所に収監される。 そこで静一を待ち受けていたのは「内省」の日々。 深淵に意識が向かうなか、心の隙間にスルリと入って来たのは しげるを殺してまで決別を試みた「ママ」だったーー!!


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少年審判、開廷…裁きの行方は!? 高台で向き合った従兄弟の”しげる”は、 かつてママに高台から突き落とされた”自分”だったーー 僕が消えることが正しいこと…そう思った瞬間、静一は”自分”を葬るため しげるを突き落とし、殺めた。 それは、己の中のママとの決別の儀式。 罪悪感を一切感じることなく、静一は鑑別所に収監される。 そこで静一を待ち受けていたのは「内省」の日々。 深淵に意識が向かうなか、心の隙間にスルリと入って来たのは しげるを殺してまで決別を試みた「ママ」だったーー!!

30 review for 血の轍 12 [Chi no Wadachi 12]

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    Stopped at Ch :- 111 I can't take this torture anyone. The story is going downhill and doesn't make sense to me anymore. Stopped at Ch :- 111 I can't take this torture anyone. The story is going downhill and doesn't make sense to me anymore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fifi ♡

    stopped at 101, it’s getting tiresome. Should’ve stopped when Sei and Fukiishi drew their moms on a sack and metaphorically killed them. Would been a good ending. I don’t have energy for this anymore.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jon Ureña

    Four and a half stars. This is a review of the whole series up to chapter 111, which might be contained in this volume or in the next, presumably yet unreleased. Shūzō Oshimi has become my favorite manga author now that Asano remains unable to recapture his old magic, and this series, titled in English either “Blood on the Tracks” or “A Trail of Blood”, seems to be his most serious attempt at a hard-hitting psychological drama so far. I’m writing this review because I wanted to figure out whether Four and a half stars. This is a review of the whole series up to chapter 111, which might be contained in this volume or in the next, presumably yet unreleased. Shūzō Oshimi has become my favorite manga author now that Asano remains unable to recapture his old magic, and this series, titled in English either “Blood on the Tracks” or “A Trail of Blood”, seems to be his most serious attempt at a hard-hitting psychological drama so far. I’m writing this review because I wanted to figure out whether or not I like the direction this story has taken, so I’m going to discuss severe spoilers that you absolutely should remain in the dark about if you haven’t read so far into the story (or at all). So, this tale is about Seiichi, a shy, introverted kid whose mother, Seiko, is mostly crazy. This beautiful woman (the story would feel much different if she weren’t) chews up every scene she’s in a similar way she engulfs her son’s existence. As the kid’s aunt and cousin are eager to point out, Seiko is the kind of mother who’ll hurry to solve any problem her son might encounter so he’ll remain perennially dependent on her, to the extent that he still doesn’t know how to tie his own shoes. Our poor Seiichi is on the fast path to becoming a defenseless mama’s boy forever. In the inciting incident of this story, that reverberates throughout the remainder of the tale so far (and this is the first major spoiler), during a family trip to a nearby mountain, the protagonist’s cousin, a pushy bastard of whom our protagonist couldn’t get rid, was clowning around on the edge of a cliff when he nearly falls. Seiko, our protagonist’s beautiful/crazy mother, takes the opportunity to push the cousin off the cliff to get rid of such a nuisance to her son, and presumably to satisfy her bloodlust. However, the cousin survives but with severe brain damage from which he’ll never fully recover. Throughout the rest of the story we remain unsure about whether or not Seiko truly pushed the cousin off the cliff, because the protagonist might have imagined it (he was sick of having to deal with his pushy cousin, and wanted him gone). But if Seiko didn’t actually push the cousin off, why does she (and this is the second major spoiler) eventually admit to it when confronted by his sister-in-law? And why did she seem so happy about it? The beautiful complexity of Seiko’s character comes in: little by little we discover that she has always suffered from the trauma of her own mother having failed to love her. Seiko convinced herself when she was younger that having a kid and loving him/her as she herself should have been loved would have “saved her” (in her words). However, as she held the baby version of Seiichi in her arms, she realized what sounds to me like one of the worst realizations imaginable: that having given birth to this child was a terrible mistake, and she isn’t capable nor wants to be a mother. When Seiichi grew to be three years old, his mother had enough. (view spoiler)[She had wanted to disappear for as long as she remembered, but now this kid anchored her to the world. If she was ever to become free, the kid should disappear as well. So she led him to the top of a nearby hill and cheerfully pushed him off. The toddler version of our protagonist ended up badly battered, but survived. Seiko realized that she wasn’t strong enough to kill her own child, or herself for that matter, and would have no choice but to continue living. (hide spoiler)] Seiko decided to soldier on. Day after day she acted like a loving, caring mother to Seiichi and a dutiful wife to her simple husband, but as the years passed, her bitterness grew. She despises her hapless husband for having tied her down (the poor bastard does nothing but suffer blow after blow in this tale), and she also hates her son the more he resembles his father instead of her. Meanwhile, our protagonist’s only reprieve from the rotten theatre play of his family life came in the angelic form of Yuko Fukiishi, a lovely classmate who gets a crush on our protagonist presumably because he’s cute enough (thanks to his mother) and because she can sense that his family is as broken as hers. Fukiishi’s mother abandoned her when she was a child, and his father is a dumb drunk. This angel gets close to saving our protagonist, but eventually she can’t compete with the rotten, co-dependent love that his mother has implanted in him. Anyway, Seiko, his mother, (view spoiler)[admitted to pushing the cousin off a cliff and causing him permanent brain damage. Whether or not she did it (I’m not clear about what we are supposed to think at this point), Seiko welcomed getting the police involved, as well as a jail sentence, because she saw it as her “out”. She wanted nothing more than to quit being a mother and a wife and just be free by herself, even if her world got reduced to a jail cell. Eventually she does get sent to one, and starts serving her sentence (hide spoiler)] . Now comes a series of events with which I’m not sure if I’m on board. Huge spoilers that you shouldn’t know if you haven’t read anything past this point. The lovely Fukiishi (view spoiler)[insists on returning to the protagonist’s life, and assures him that she wants to remain by his side so they can be together forever. In a charming ritual, they paint the portraits of their mothers on a gym bag and then stone them while laughing merrily, committing a metaphorical matricide. Our protagonist grows up, French-kisses the girl, tells her that he loves her, and promises his eternal love. (hide spoiler)] Honestly, the series should have ended around this point. Not only it doesn’t, but we (view spoiler)[never see Fukiishi again (hide spoiler)] . Plenty of what-the-fucks from now on. In an almost supernatural turn that didn’t feel to me like it belonged in this story, the protagonist’s brain-damaged cousin (view spoiler)[wanders to the protagonist’s home at four in the morning. Seiichi happened to be standing outside because it had started snowing. The cousin insists on going to the mountain with the protagonist, as if his mind had gotten stuck on that last day when it had been whole. Seiichi fears that the cousin will suffer an accident if he wanders off, so he accompanies him. The cousin, of all places, hurries to the cliff from which Seiichi’s mother had tried to murder the protagonist when he was a toddler. The cousin was fully unaware of any of this, and the “magical cripple” angle didn’t sit well with me. Anyway, Seiichi’s mind gets scrambled. He considers that his mother having gotten locked up is his fault: if he hadn’t been born, or at least had died properly when his mother intended, that beautiful woman who pretty much sexually abused him wouldn’t have been so miserable. He sees himself in his cousin, who also failed to die when he was supposed to. So Seiichi is eager to finish the job. He pushes the cousin off the cliff. Either from the fall or from having gotten buried in the snow overnight, he dies (hide spoiler)] . The police figure it out immediately. Seiichi remains in a shocked trance when (view spoiler)[he gets sent to a juvenile detainment facility. His father visits him a few times to figure out if his son’s mind has broken entirely, but the father mostly feels guilty for having failed to save the kid from his rotten mother. But Seiichi is only interested in whether or not his mother found out about his crime from her cell, and what her reaction was. He expected her to be happy because he finished the job, but upon learning about her son’s actions, Seiko cries (hide spoiler)] . (view spoiler)[Seiichi’s trial comes, where he’ll find out if he’ll end up rotting in jail for a long, long time. More importantly, he sees his mother for the first time since she was convicted. I didn’t quite catch this part, but Seiko ended up getting acquitted: they now believe that she's just crazy enough to admit to a crime she hadn’t committed. The only other witnesses were her son who eventually murdered the victim, and the victim himself who had ended up too brain-damaged to realize what the fuck was going on. In a chilling scene, maybe one of the best in the series so far, Seiko opens up about never wanting to be a mother, and that now she has decided to quit. Her son has given her the perfect excuse to start again; surely she can detach herself from him if he has gone as far as becoming a murderer. As she was about to leave the courtroom and exit her former husband’s and son’s lives forever, Seiichi throws her to the ground and starts choking her. However, the calm way in which she reacts (as if she had realized that’s what she gets in turn for her part in the cycle of neglect), throws Seiichi off, and eventually the guards restrain him (hide spoiler)] . The story has now gone either through its turning point or its “Dark Night of the Soul”; either way, (view spoiler)[a long time passes. We had recently learned that the story was set in the mid nineties, but the next time we see Seiichi again, he’s a thirty-six-year-old man who lives in a dump, works a dead-end job at a factory and hasn’t held a meaningful human interaction since his previous life. We get enough glimpses of his interior life to realize that it has collapsed, his mind has snapped. He metaphorically fails to register the proper shapes to anything anymore, nor wants to (hide spoiler)] . (view spoiler)[His aged father will visit the city for business, and calls to meet Seiichi. The old man, now in his sixties, remains as simple and kind-hearted as ever, but he fails to understand that for his son, life ended a long time ago. When the father asks if Seiichi is seeing someone, he simply replies, “someone like me can’t be with anyone”. His father leaves. In the last few pages of the last chapter so far, we see Seiichi addressing his dead cousin in his mind. He says that he’ll disappear and go where the cousin is soon enough; the protagonist has felt dead for a long time, and he’s just waiting for his body to catch up. I feel you, brother (hide spoiler)] . I must state that I consider this series a masterpiece, and yet a couple of things sit poorly with me: 1) the Seiichi that had just proclaimed his (view spoiler)[undying love for Fukiishi, which involved freeing himself from his attachment to his poisonous mother, a couple of days later he wouldn't have killed his cousin for his mother’s sake. Those are fully contradictory as far as I’m concerned. And after Seiichi became a murderer, how come Fukiishi never attempted to visit him? In earlier volumes, Seiichi had told her that he hated her and for her to never contact him again, and yet she had persevered. So how come she disappears entirely from the narrative? (hide spoiler)] . 2) the cousin’s parents had been relentless (mostly the aunt, though): (view spoiler)[they had pursued both Seiichi and his mother until they got her to confess, in a harrowing scene that involved Seiichi’s father getting punched, and the cousin’s father forcing Seiko to bow down and apologize. They also seemed on top of their brain-damaged son, constantly taking care of him. So how come he wandered out of his home at four in the morning? That same couple failed to attend the trial for the murder of their son! (hide spoiler)] I’m a bit pissed with how this story turned out, at least so far. Still, I look forward to figuring out how the author is going to conclude the arc of a main character who (view spoiler)[has considered himself dead for two decades, and can’t wait to die for real (hide spoiler)] . Moral of the story: don't have children to fix your unfixable selves. Or maybe don't have children altogether.

  4. 5 out of 5

    — Massiel

    Stopped in chapter 99.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Faride Amero

    What a good conclusion the manga is heading towards (unless, of course, new arches are opened). At this point, I don't know who am I most mad at, mother or son. Still an amazing psychological story with great narrative 💜✨ What a good conclusion the manga is heading towards (unless, of course, new arches are opened). At this point, I don't know who am I most mad at, mother or son. Still an amazing psychological story with great narrative 💜✨

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dhia Nouioui

    Man..Seiichi's life is truly sad, but I really feel bad for his dad. He's just an ordinary and a good guy who wished for a happy family... Man..Seiichi's life is truly sad, but I really feel bad for his dad. He's just an ordinary and a good guy who wished for a happy family...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karoline

    4.4⭐ Sheiichi Adulto, eso quiero verlo

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    2.25

  9. 5 out of 5

    obscurantiste

    plutôt mitigée par ce que j'ai lu même si mon avis penche nettement vers le positif concernant les points négatifs; pour commencer, le manque de vraisemblabilité m'empêche toujours d'apprécier certaines œuvres à 100% et celle-ci en fait partie. parfois c'est trop gros, l'auteur aurait pu ajouter quelques éléments à l'intrigue pour éventuellement rendre l'œuvre plus vraisemblable mais je ne pense pas que c'était son but. ensuite l'intrigue traîne un peu, surtout à partir du tome 4 il me semble, c' plutôt mitigée par ce que j'ai lu même si mon avis penche nettement vers le positif concernant les points négatifs; pour commencer, le manque de vraisemblabilité m'empêche toujours d'apprécier certaines œuvres à 100% et celle-ci en fait partie. parfois c'est trop gros, l'auteur aurait pu ajouter quelques éléments à l'intrigue pour éventuellement rendre l'œuvre plus vraisemblable mais je ne pense pas que c'était son but. ensuite l'intrigue traîne un peu, surtout à partir du tome 4 il me semble, c'est long et on peut s'ennuyer (ce qui ne fut pas réellement mon cas étant donné que j'ai lu les tomes presque coup sur coup). on reprend un bon rythme à partir du tome 8 mais certaines longueurs persistent tout cela est rattrapé par les points positifs et ici, les mots ne suffisent pas pour expliquer la puissance des dessins qui sont absolument sublimes et dans lesquels chaque émotion traversant les personnages est distinguée. on remarque déjà le peu de dialogues (qui ne sont pas nécessaires, ils ne manquent pas) dans les fleurs du mal — série de mangas du même auteur sortis plus tôt — pour laisser place à un coup de crayon magistral qui permet au lecteur de se plonger dans l'histoire et de comprendre ce que l'auteur veut exprimer sans beaucoup de mots; dans les liens du sang, c'est vraiment marquant et c'est essentiellement grâce à ça que j'ai été happée, souvent glacée par l'attitude des personnages et les révélations faites au fur et à mesure. je me suis souvent retrouvée déstabilisée, mal à l'aise, dérangée. rien que pour cela mais aussi pour la relation complexe entre mère et fils ainsi que les deux personnages en eux-mêmes ce manga mérite d'être découvert et apprécié dans sa totalité. toutefois il faut garder en tête que le réalisme et le développement approfondi d'une histoire ne paraissent pas être des points sur lesquels oshimi shuzo souhaite se concentrer, ce qui ne me pose pas problème tant que les dessins et les silences demeurent aussi parlant

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shed Giron

    Kaloka.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Namla Madni

    i am done here 😶

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I read all 12 volumes in a day, this series truly fucked me up. Holy shit. I need a minute to process all of what’s going on before I properly write down my thoughts

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mica

    Ok, ya me cansó, no creo que siga más con la historia.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paloma

    la mamita me tiene pensando mucho.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cordelia

    This series is still amazing. Seeing the mental affects of seichi's mother on him is so horrifying and so well done. This series is still amazing. Seeing the mental affects of seichi's mother on him is so horrifying and so well done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Seiichi’s mom is insane, I don’t know why but this story is addicting. I wonder what will happen to him now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex Marko

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bernardo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yana

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samar

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suri

  24. 4 out of 5

    S.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aya

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rose (Effloress)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jyotsna Joy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dave Omrai

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina Phan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Loukusa

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