Continuing with the work of our beloved Rasenjin Hayami, another volume 1 re-release… with FOUR
walls of text err, extra pages. They’re all pretty interesting, I think I liked the Steam locomotive one the most. Slowly but surely we’ll complete it…
Picture below is shamelessly stolen from Rasenjin’s homepage.
Or on IRC with !Kutsu03 – That’s zero three, “03″ and not “o3″. (stupid font)
Now, allow me to bore you with some meaningless ranting. I know you’re only here for that link up there – but there’s no need to crush my delusions. (Talking about crushing delusions, I’ve had an Index chapter ready for nearly a week now, but haven’t spotted Tira to release it yet… it should be out soon… I hope)
Ded Moroz sure sounds a lot cooler than Saint Nicholas, right? (Fun fact, Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of my hometown and of Russia) When I first did this chapter, it didn’t quite occur to me that Snegurochka is the same snow maiden appearing in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden opera. Well, of course it’s the same gal, but I didn’t think of the opera back when I first did the chapter. I’m a nut about all sorts of music and The Snow Maiden was one of the first operas I listened to after the ever famous Wagner cycle. What I like most about it is that its strong point lies not in its majestic overtures or anything like that – no, the strongest part of The Snow Maiden are the vocal songs. It might not be completely wrong to say it’s almost more like one of the first musicals instead of an opera. (Quite odd, since I really dislike musicals) Korsakov was known to be very fond of folk-tales (they show up in… nearly all his works, in some way) and no opera could fit him better than The Snow Maiden. It’s not surprising that it’s his favourite work. And while I keep nutting like this, I unfortunately never have been able to see it live – in fact, I’ve never seen it performed around my area. It’s not considered one of his best works, which is a shame. Oh well, still hoping I’ll ever got to see it here.