The action taking place in Vallachia (nowadays the southern part of Romania)in the 19th century, reveals a magical world lost to us, a world filled with superstitions and magical beasts unlike anything one's ever seen... Discover this world of fairytales through the eyes of Mihai Deleanu.
Also watch for the author's comments on key pages. A lot of related topics are explained in depth
UPDATES EVERY SUNDAY WITH 2 PAGES STARTING MAY 2011.
25 years old, graduated from University of Architecture and Urban Planning "Ion Mincu" Bucharest, Romania, currently studying for her master degree in Restoration of Historical Monuments and Sites. Passionate about historical studies and avid manga reader decided in 2009 to start a series set in the 19th century Principalities of Valachia and Moldavia (to later unite in 1859 and to become the Kingdom of Romania several years later).
I really like how you made those last pages. They look more simple and stylized, like illustrations from an old book.
I'm not sure if I understoood the wooden fish thing.
So the hermit placed a wooden fish and the real fish became a woman. But after a while she desappeared. Is that right?
Spoilers ahead. Brief summary of the original story by Vasile Voiculescu on which this whole chapter is based on. I tried to condense it into these 3 pages more or less but it seems I need to work more on the explanation part.
Once upon a time there's this young fisherman in love with a certain special big fish. (and river salmons CAN grow as big as 1.2meters or even 1.5meters long)He even managed to catch it once and it got away. Ever since that incident he's obsessed with catching it again and this time for good.
Taking appropiate measures the fisherman searches for a hermit-wizard who knows white and black magic. He asks him for a spell to bring him his beloved fish to him. The hermit gives him a wooden fish and tells him to throw it into the river. The lad follows the instructions
Then a flashflood comes (being spring, meltdown of mountain snow, rainy season)and he manages to save from the waters a teenage girl that bears some physical resemblace to a fish. (or at least this is how the author puts it)She charms him and they become lovers. The guy wants to marry the lass but the lass refuses, or better said keeps postponing him on various reasons.
Then out of the blue comes the lass's mother and whiskers her away from her lover. Here the author inserts a bit of extra information on how the lad goes in her search and ends up nowhere, like the lass had just vanished.
The end comes where the lad marries another village girl and on their wedding night he suicides jumping into the river. He thinks he saw the fish-lover of his.
So to answer the question of Sunshinemoonlight. It's a matter of substitution. The hermit by casting his magic upon the wooden fish makes it look real and even act real towards the rest of the fishermen and fish. While the wooden substitute swims in the river, the actual one changes shape and becomes the lass the fisherman falls in love. It's but natural for the lass to disappear when the wooden fish is no longer in the water. Because she returns to the waters.
I really hate that this story is not translated into English.
And on another note, my story is just BASED ON, not the actual THE SALMON, so don't expect the action to follow the same path.