Golden Kamuy

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Ch. 267 - Severed
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Kiroranke and Sofia's plan is just impossible. They would get crushed by both Japan and Russia.
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I finally caught up and things are tense as hell. It also feels like the ending is going to be coming soon 😵
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@Howeveryw I can’t tell you to not feel the development is cheap, that’s your valid reaction/feelings, but I think it’s unfair to describe it as an assumption on Asirpa’s part, it’s a reasonable conclusion she came to from her experiences with Kiroranke, particularly his dying words, and the narrative supports that.
Now to be clear, this isn’t me saying you have to like said development, but to say it’s an unwarranted assumption on the characters/narrative’s part is inaccurate I think.
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Kirokanke's plan is more unrealistic than Wilk's. They can't defend all this land against Russia and Japan but Wilk is also naive to think that everyone will abandon their homeland for Hokkaido.
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These people would have liked Woodrow Wilson very much and yes, i am insulting them.
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Even 80-ish chapters after his death Kiroranke is still a major part of the story, amazing
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@Theozilla I get that point, I still think it’s cheap especially because we didn’t get it from the man itself, making great assumptions on a married mans love etc not even trying to believe that it was comradeship and friendly affection and not romantic love bothers me, especially when the person this whole chapter seems to show is deeply loved by Kiroranke (and he says it himself) is wilk
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@Howeveryw I think you’re kinda misinterpreting the point of the chapter if you’re coming away with the conclusion that Kiroranke’s main motivation was all just only romantic feelings for Sofia. Tsurumi literally spelled it out, how the personal feelings that someone like himself, Wilk, and Kiroranke held were truths that existed alongside their greater political/aspirational ideals/objectives as well, which were also just as real as any personal feelings also affecting them. One truth doesn’t negate the other.
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Finally caught up. I stopped awhile back and didn't realize I was 40 chapters behind, done them in a day.

Good place to stop as any, pieces moving and everyone setting up to the final arcs.

It does seem Wilk's goals make more sense in the long run, but I don't think it would be agreeable to his partners seeing as their goals were always diehard nationalistic to the point of no compromise.
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Honestly the whole manpain love interest motive instead of the integrity of Kiroranke’s actual motive which he maintained throughout is so wrong like... trying to make all of this into he did it cause he has a crush etc is just lessening the integrity of the character. I get it when it’s for one or two characters like Wilk and Tsurumi, but Kiroranke??? No way man... this guy didn’t go all the distance with a family he cared about simply cause he was in love...
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Kiro deserves so much better... Wilk crazy ass bitch
Last edited 27 days ago by Howeveryw.
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I always thought Wilks's, Kiroranke's, and Sophia's plan to use Ainu gold that the Ainu labored for in order to help all the east Russian minority groups was selfish to begin with, so I see his change of heart as both more realistic and fair, at least for the Ainu. Still, it was silly of Wilk to frame immigration as a reasonable alternative; it's clear that he lost sight of his original convictions and stopped caring so much about his birthplace.
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Is like Tsurumi says... Wilk changed when Asirpa was born, and his position isn't entirely irrational (now that he has something precious to protect, why risk his life if he can make a life there? Better just focus on Hokkaido). I can't say I don't understand Kiroranke but also I'm glad he is gone 😂 Yikes, dude

Thanks for the chapter as usual!
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Thanks for all the reminders. I recently caught but I keep forgetting bits and pieces already, like the last bit with Wilk.
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Thanks for the chapter
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I wonder if it was Kiro who killed those Ainu. He had the grudge against Wilk and wanted to proceed with the original plan.
(sorry my eng is bad).
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Like Tsurumi said, it would be more easy to defend just Hokkaido but Kiroranke was right in the sense that Wilk was just choosing to prioritize the Hokkaido Ainu over the other natives, even his immigration idea had plenty of holes pointed out this chapter. His and Kiroranke's goals were definitely irreconcilable so it makes sense that Kiroranke wanted him dead.
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@Nakanowatari
The author often uses filtered and sometimes drawn over photos as backgrounds. most of the time you dont notice but the fox farm one looks like shit
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Weird beard on page 8

Wilk's actions are understandable but not forgivable. That was selfish of him. ty for the chapter
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@spurgleburgle
It was already implied before that Kiroranke loved Sofia, mind you. Aside from how he mentioned that both he and Wilk admired her, when he was dying and experiencing a flashback of his entire life in ch. 190, there was a scene of him looking at Sofia from behind while she was blushing looking at Wilk. He even called out her name then, right before he died.

@huianxin
I don’t really agree that Wilk lost it, though. Back when he, Kiroranke, and Sofia were learning Japanese from Tsushima, Tsushima mentioned the reason for why Sofia had such difficulty learning Japanese was because she wasn’t interested in it, and that it had nothing to do with her intelligence.

Flipping that around to Wilk, the reason why he so quickly picked it up was because he must have truly wanted to learn more about Japanese culture. This is in contrast to Kiroranke and Sofia who only knew how to say poop at that time when he could already fluently speak Japanese.

Wilk was characterized as knowing so much about all sorts of different ethnic groups, and that alongside his desire to protect all these different cultures and traditions was what attracted Sofia to him. Likewise, he was ready to sacrifice others for the sake of the group. Him giving up on the ideal of a united federation to focus on protecting the Ainu can be taken as an extension of this philosophy, despite him becoming “softer” in Kiroranke’s eyes for not killing him. To him, he valued and loved all these different ethnic groups equally. He just chose to save the one that had his child in it and to which the gold rightfully belonged to. Sure, he turned his back on the other ethnic groups, but the means to save those groups didn’t belong to him or Wilk but to the Ainu, so he’s not in the wrong either for helping the Ainu use their gold for themselves.

And I don’t think he was naively thinking everyone would be fine with just moving on over. That was more just him saying that they could still be “saved” if they wanted to under those conditions, not that that was the plan to save them in particular. He was focused on just saving the one group now, what could be saved both morally (the gold was the Ainu’s, after all) and practically (the issues everyone else here already brought up regarding trying to establish a federation with their scattered tribes).
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