In a forest of dreams, a “traveler” tells stories to a “little fox.” Stories are told in stories and overlap each other. The works explores what a story means to human beings.
I have always loved reading books and manga (Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal is my favourite) and have always wanted to draw and write my own story to share with other people. Although I found out about the contest very late, I'm glad I decided to take part after all. I participated to have the challenge of finishing a short story within a short time, not expecting to win anything, so I'm really surprised and happy to be informed that Vefurrin was placed second. I'm glad that this means many more people may have the chance to read my story, and hopefully develop a love for stories of their own, too. Thank you Kodansha! :x
The drawings and compositions of frames look like European comics. The work has dream-like background, art styles show flowing and wet pen touches, and the masks that the characters wear are elaborately designed. All those things match the story very well and make the work more impressive. While, normally, a new artist does not understand his/her quality and tends to draw stories that do not match the quality, it seems that the creator of this work knows her quality well.
The theme is very challenging and interesting, but it is not very accessible. Although there is nothing wrong with having such a theme, manga should be drawn in a manner readers can easily understand, even if it is difficult. It seems that the creator may have given up on making the work as accessible as possible because of its philosophical theme. We feel the creator’s effort to produce great manga, and therefore we hope she will work a little harder to get across her message to as many people as possible. Of course, all of this is quite subjective. It is impossible to produce works that appeal to every body. We, however, believe that manga creators do their own best to produce their works that the readers can follow easily. We think this creator of “Vefurrin” will improve in creating manga if she understands what is mentioned above.