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So-Bad Sunday! Mr. Tiger and Mr. Wolf--Manga

That's Mr. Wolf. He looks like a people.
This yaoi manga by writer and illustrator Ahiru Haruno is about a wolf, named Mr. Wolf (inventive!). Mr. Wolf is hunting one day in the woods when he comes across what he believes is a tabby cat. For reasons that are disturbing, unrealistic and extremely random-seeming, Mr. Wolf decides to take said tabby cat home and make it his wife. The next day Mr. Wolf goes hunting again and returns to discover that the tabby cat is now a full-grown tiger-man named, appropriately, Mr. Tiger. Mr. Tiger is in love with Mr. Wolf and the two have foxy times together where, in an unforeseen role reversal, Mr. Tiger takes "charge" and makes Mr. Wolf  his wife (in this manga wifelihood seems to be contingent upon who is on top during the gettin-it-on).

I would now like to outline my reading experience and follow it with some pertinent questions.

Reading Experience:
1. I am confused for the first 40 pages.
2. I am disturbed for the next 60 page.
3. I am again confused for about 20 pages.
4. Finally, I decide that the manga is actually stupider than even I first believed and put it down.

Pertinent Questions:
1. If a writer sets up a premise (no matter how stupid) shouldn't one follow it through? For example, if the tigers, wolves, dogs, whathaveyous that occupy this fictional space are anthropomorphized to the point of wearing clothing, having houses, etc. then, at what point does it seem normal to have actual humans hunting, capturing and desiring the pelts of said anthropomorphic, clothing wearing animeaux (French, ooh-la-la)?
2. Was that wolf seriously going to abscond with and marry a tabby cat?
3. There was a lot of discussion of animal life spans in this manga, and although I do feel that it would be disconcerting to lose one's "wife" at a young age (apparently the only realistic aspect in this manga the actual life spans of wolves and tigers), should it be a central plot point? It is decidedly NOT sexy to discuss the 7 year life span of wolves mid-coitus.
4. Are tigers clumsy? I had not realized that was a thing. I expect it may be a stereotype. People are so speciesist!
5. At one point the Tiger's brother, also conveniently named Mr. Tiger (Really? Really, really? Couldn't come up with one name? Just, Mr.Tiger this, Mr. Wolf that?), is rescued from hunters by an anthropomorphic dog who proceeds to hump Mr. Tiger (brother of Mr. Tiger, and therefore not to be confused with Mr. Tiger) silly, in a dubiously consensual fashion. My question is, how big is that dog? And, a follow up: could a dog hump a tiger silly?
6. Why are there two volumes of this manga? Isn't one crappy volume really enough? Is the story so epic that it must have a sequel?
7. Is this secretly some furry-fetish thing? Did I just read furry yaoi? Why would that be a thing?

I am so puzzled on so many fronts, and yet...I don't want to look at it again to find the answers. I think I'll just let this one go.


You know you want some of this tabby cat action!
Apologies to Jim Davis, creator of Garfield.
The writers of this blog DO NOT condone any humping of cats, wolves or cats who may be tigers.
Or any animal. Don't hump animals.
Love, Squeefinity
P.S.  Furries are gross.

4 comments:

William Shakespeare said...

Ha ha, My friend had a Labrador / Daschound mix, so I *guess* a dog could hump a tiger.

I think you just read furry porn. Do you feel dirty? Do you?

I'm not sure I can talk to you anymore.

M said...

I totally think I just accidentally read furry porn...I feel dirty and I don't think ANYONE should talk to me ever again. I will be an outcast on the fringes of society for my shame.

Marfisa said...

The basic concept of tigers who look like human bishounen with tiger ears and tails being hunted for their pelts was less bizarre to me than the fact that the dog saves Mr. Tiger's Brother (that's as close as the character gets to having his own name) from being shot to death by the hunter by injecting him with anesthetic instead. Then instead of finishing him off so he can collect the pelt, the hunter hauls the unconscious tiger off to some cabin in the woods and leaves him there anesthetized and tied up to be killed and skinned later. Which I'm sure is exactly what real hunters do when they've managed to capture a big, dangerous predator that they were planning on killing anyway. (Actually, this plot development might almost have made sense--apart from the notion of a hypodermic needle-wielding hunting dog--if the readers had been informed at some point that the dog was lying about his master's plans and the hunter was actually keeping the tiger alive in the hope of selling him to some rich VIP who liked to keep tigers as pets or hunt them on his personal estate or something.)

Dr. M said...

Marfisa, I didn't even notice the whole "hypodermic needle-wielding hunting dog" issue. Thank you.

Why did they keep Mr. Tiger's Brother alive? More questions!