X and Yami no Matsuei

July 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm (Animanga) (, , , )

I have it on good authority that someone is writing a crossover between Tokyo Babylon & X/Yami no Matsuei. What this means (being a little familiar with the author’s work) is that it will probably feature the good doctors Seishirou and Muraki heavily, and their respective, uh, prey.

And this is sort of how I think the relationships between predator and prey line up.

(Once again, not really into X, just like to occasionally dabble.)

If you were to give Subaru a loaded gun and show him a completely defenseless Seishirou, he wouldn’t pull the trigger, despite whatever Seishirou’s done to him in the past. I doubt it would even change the dynamic of their relationship all that much; Seishirou has too much of an emotional hold on Subaru and he knows how to use it, plus Subaru might actually let him use it. The onmyouji part is a factor of their relationship, but not the whole of it. And I don’t think Subaru would be able to bring himself to consciously kill the man he loved.

If you were to give Tsuzuki a loaded gun and show him a completely defenseless Muraki, he also wouldn’t pull the trigger, despite whatever Muraki’s done to him and his in the past. This is not because Muraki has an emotional hold on him (though he does know how to push Tsuzuki’s buttons), but because Tsuzuki has an emotional stranglehold on himself–he can’t bring himself to take another life, for any reason. Even when it’s the life of a serial killer who raped and murdered his partner, who is his best friend and boyfriend. Muraki would not really be in any danger from Tsuzuki at all, unless Tsuzuki summoned Suzaku, in which case he’d be in for a world of hurt. But Tsuzuki wouldn’t summon a shiki, because he wouldn’t want them to kill Muraki.

If you were to give Hisoka a loaded gun and show him a completely defenseless Muraki, Muraki would be dead before the first “boyo.” Because the irony of him in such a crossover is that he is the only one who will fight back–but he’s also the only one who can’t. With his power level as is in canon, he can’t win against Muraki, not at all. Not unless something drastic happens to the power difference between him and his killer.

The crossover’s not written yet, as far as I can tell, but when it is (and when I read it) I’ll be curious to see if the relationships line up the way I think they will–I’m on (very, very) shaky ground with my assessment of Subaru and Seishirou, but I think less so with Tsuzuki, Hisoka, and Muraki. So we’ll see.

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