Summer A CandidatesEdit
- Wild Boar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_boar)
- Male, grown-out wild boars are said to be very strong, dangerous and aggressive animals. Whenever they're provoked or wounded and thus get furious, they will attack anyone and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Fits Ukai to a T, doesn't it?
- Catonephele numilia butterfly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catonephele_numilia)
- This black butterfly has wonderful orange-yellow spots on its wings which almost do look like the light Mayu lit up in the deep darkness which were guiding Koruri to safety. The butterfly theme also would match Mayu's name, which means 'cocoon'.
- Butterflies in the early stage of their lives are in the form of caterpillars. When they are ready for it, they make cocoons and hide themselves in them during the time of their transformation. And someday, the cocoon opens and a beautiful butterfly comes out instead of the caterpillar.
- I too hope Mayu has been 'reborn' this way into a better life.
- Mayfly (Fleeting Star) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly)
- Just like poor Nobara, the Fleeting Star has a way too short life period and little time to enjoy happiness.
- Poitou donkey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poitou_donkey)
- Why I'm seeing Hyo as a donkey, you may ask? There's plenty of reason: other than what most people think of them, donkeys aren't stupid at all. They just only do things at their own pace. Other than horses, they obey humans only if they are convinced that what they're doing is reasonable, too. Hyo also always liked to do things at his own pace.
- Besides, donkeys aren't to be underestimated. They are extremely strong, patient and durable animals withstanding any and all sort of hard work and torture from their owners. Some of them even take part in donkey races, and if their children are threatened, adult animals can become surprisingly fierce. There was even a case in the USA when an aggressive donkey killed a mayor. Hyo too underwent a strict training in the Summer A camp, and if it hadn't been for the cave-in which caught him and Mayu, he might have become a serious rival for Ango and Ryou with his calm mind and his silent strength.
- By the way, donkeys also can be really friendly and cuddly, especially towards children. During my childhood, my neighbor had a donkey and allowed us to ride it some day. This part of their nature reminded me of how Hyo comforted Mayu with all he had although he was suffering from unimaginable pain and facing death during that time.
- And now, why a Poitou donkey?
- Well, yes... it's just that their funny hairstyle reminded me so much of Hyo's curly, long hair. ^,^
- They're one of the largest donkey races, too. You can learn more about Poitou donkeys here.
- Striped grass mouse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striped_grass_mouse)
- The way Shigeru outwitted Ukai and gave it his best to rescue Ango totally reminded me of Aesop's fable 'The Lion and the Mouse', where the small mouse rescued the lion trapped by the net by gnawing through the ropes. It shows us that everyone can become strong and make himself useful if he concentrates on doing what he is best at. Mice are also very swift and adaptable animals; they give it their all to survive whatever comes at them. And they're not all ugly and gray: the striped grass mouse, for example, is quite beautifully patterned!
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