Iris on Rainy Days Review
Humans are of blood and flesh, they are fragile and emotional. Robots are of steel and electronics, they are tough and emotionless. This is the element which seperates the boundary between humans and robots.
What if both concepts of humans and robots are jumbled up? Iris on Rainy Days depicts how even robots, possess human-like emotions and how humans, even though weak, can be downright evil and cruel.
The light novel stars Iris Rain Umbrella, the main heroine of the story. She is a proud robotic maid of the Umbrella family, and serves Wendy, a robot researcher who Iris adores from head to toe.
I love the brilliance and ambience of the world of Oval Town. Although the light novel is about robots, it isn’t particularly sci-fi. Oval Town is an ordinary town like any other. Robots are pretty much treated as hardwares shops, one can sell body parts in the store, be it original or second-hand. There is a system created by the Robots Management Department in regards to the robot’s ownership, and it is a very interesting system. When the the system initiated upon Iris due to a certain incident, this is when the story really begins, where Iris got scrapped and was brought to do forced labour on the junkyard.
If a robot has emotions and a will, then what would happen if they are aware of their altered body parts. Imagine for an instance, you’re residing in a human-like body then one day, you woke up, to find that you’re suddenly in a completely new body, an old junkie robotic steel body. How would you feel? Not just Iris, but most of the other robots face daily crisis like these day by day. The humans forgot that the robots they themselves created had understoond what are emotions, and are still treating them as if they were mere machines; disembling, modifying, grinding them. It is saddening to see the robots being treated as mere “slaves”.
During the latter part of the series, Iris befriended other robots in the junkyard, and like her, was suffering. The humans treated them as nothing more but “replacements”, when they need them, they give them all the love they had but when they don’t need them, they are thrown away like second-hand tools. The concept of robots and their owners are another brilliant execution of the novel. Each the robots has their own special circumstances but it all comes down to one thing; the humans treating them with inferiority.
Iris however, is different in the way that she was loved by her guardian to the very end. However, it perhaps is because she knew love that she had to suffer the regret and sadness more then anyone else. It was heart-wrenching seeing Iris struggling physically and emotionally throughout the novel.
Iris on Rainy Days depicts the personification of robots. It is a heartwarming, yet painful story of how Iris, a robot who once knew love, suffered through human’s atrocity, and after experiencing the ordeal, learned to look forward and build a better future for her robotic community.
Wonderful story it seems, although the concept isn’t sth very new. Can we find it translated in English?
Yes I’m sure. Ghost in the Shell took this idea to the very core too, but it doesn’t deliver it to a more heartwarming and fairy-tale like as this novel did. GitS is more to the sci-fi level.
And of cause! All the LNs I read are in English. I can’t read raw ones for life. You can just go to baka-tsuki.org, they are a LN translation group and had translated a lot of LNs.
This thing looks right up my alley. I’ve been looking for some more light novels, too! Great review, buddy.
Glad so :D And don’t worry, all the light novels I’m reading (or planning to read) are all translated. I could barely read raw visual novels so raw light novels are plain impossible, lol.
I envy the hell out of your ability to read any kind of Japanese that isn’t the two characters that make up “Touhou” (and even then I have to double-check).
I can’t read much kanji myself too, which is in most Japanese literature D: And believe it or not, I had to double check for Touhou too xD
Now I feel bad for stalling on Iris on Rainy Days for, like, 2 months now, lol >.<
You reading anything now? :D
Just getting around to finishing “Tsukumodo Antique Shop” ^^
aside from that I have nothing on my plate so far – time to pick up Iris again :D
Just googled it, looks interesting :D Too bad it seems only the first volume is fully translated. How is it so far?
I plan to read DDD soon, wrote by the awesome dude who wrote Kara no Kyoukai! :D
It’s been good. Episodic, in a sense, but the characters are what I love about it. Yeah, it’s not an official project yet (plus the guy translating it is the same guy doing HakoMari)
Ah, yes. Read it! The only part translated so far (or at least I’ve read, I don’t know the status of translation in DDD) is JtheE if memory serves me right. It’s an awesome read, very KnK :D
He looks like he translated a lot of works lol. I think I will wait for a while longer before reading this LN.
I think volume 2 is still untranslated but I found the raws, can’t read it though.. obviously, lol. Yes yes, I really will have to read it soon xD Nasu always writes good stuffs.
sounds like an interesting. gonna givit a try solely on the basis of the plot…and the review lol. 8/10 is a rather good score. expectations are up :)
Go ahead and try :D The story’s short and simple ;p Tell me what you think after you’re done with the book.
Thanks for the info, now i have more thing to read ^o^
Did anyone ever read “Highschool DxD” LN? it’s interesting, about a guy who get killed by his girlfriend and turned into devil servant by high class devil, the protagonist is have good personality and pretty pervert too,
in bakatsuki, it’s just yesterday the volume 12 is finish translated,
I haven’t check the anime yet, which I’m planning to watch soon. I heard it’s one of those “ecchi with plot” thing..
It’s always interesting to see stories replace racism and prejudice between humans with racism and prejudice towards robots. I think I would go crazy if I suddenly woke up one day in a different body, it would make me ask a lot of questions about my existence and worth.
Racism towards robots, true. It realistically speaks a possible future where part of our population are of robots and the way we treat them. I think any same people would go crazy indeed.
Nice review. I only read up to the middle of the review, because it made me want to read the novel and I didn’t want to spoil the rest for myself :)
I think I’ll pick up a copy when I get to Japan.
You can read the whole book? Damn, but I guess it’s as expected from someone who studied in Japan before. I envy you D: I had to rely on baka-tsuki translations myself.
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