Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ever Changing, Ever Turning, by Yukimi Ogawa

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(Japanese SF) On Shino’s island, women aren’t allowed to use artificial colors on their nails or skin, but her friend Tsukiko can change color at will. (4,888 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Ranylt Richildis), appeared in issue 11, published on .

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Pro: We gradually realize that Shino feels stifled and wants a real change in her life, starting when she becomes friends with Tsukiko and continuing when she plays with the foreign woman's nail polish. Shino ultimately loses her friend, but acquires her color-changing ability, and gets to leave the island.

Con: The story is very superficial. Shino gets what she wanted without actually doing anything to earn it, although she does pay a high price.

It seems a wild coincidence that Tsukiko’s nanobots start to kill her just when Shino comes to her for help. Even stranger that the malfunctioning system that kills Tsukiko is able to set up perfectly inside Shino.

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