An “escapist doodle” from Takahiro Arai’s twitter of young Jean Valjean as a soldier. Daaaang.
*tries to figure out how this AU would work*
I assume this is the one where a young Jean joined Napoleon’s Army and distinguished himself by valiant action,while growing ever more traumatized by the violence around him, only to end up even more destitute after an injury makes him lose his post and the Emperor is banished
his family having disappeared with no trace he can follow, he wanders the land looking for work, and barely getting by, ever angrier at the nation that used him for cannon fodder and now discards him
until the dark night when he robs a church in the poor town of Digne
and the Bishop–a man said to hate Bonaparte, the republic, all who served it– lies to save Valjean from the crushing prison sentence that would surely await him
…And last one from this batch from Takahiro Arai’s twitter. This month’s chapter (overview coming soon!) has Javert’s suicide, and Arai notes that Javert’s last scene was inspired(?) by John Malkovich’s take on the character in the 2002 French miniseries. Which…um…I didn’t really see that influence, but okay.
Anyhow, this one goes out to all the Hot Manga Javert fans. 😀
Two New Year’s pictures from Takahiro Arai’s twitter!
Quality time with my kanji dictionary shed no light on what Enjolras’ flag says in the top picture (something something new year), but the character on his hakama is that for the Year of the Monkey, which 2016 is according to the zodiac used in China and Japan. The accompanying tweet translates as, “Happy New Year~ Working hard and heading towards the Les Mis manga climax! Please continue to look upon me favorably this year!”
The bottom picture has New Year’s wishes in French, accompanied by Grantaire dressed as a sheep (for 2015, Year of the Sheep), and Enjolras as a monkey (2016=Year of the Monkey). The accompanying tweet, roughly translated, is, “Finally [Grantaire’s?*] physical condition and recovery have come, and in the new year, the detox shows signs of completion. Truly, thank you everyone for reading Les Mis manga this year! Have a good New Year!”
*Odds are next chapter or, at the latest, the one following that will have the end of the barricades, so Grantaire is nearing the end of his drunken slumber in the Corinthe. However, Japanese doesn’t require sentence subjects, so it’s not 100% clear.
I just noticed something about the back cover of Volume 1 of Takahiro Arai’s Les Mis manga. The colors of Enjolras, Eponine, and Javert’s outfits and the order they’re standing in match the French tricolour (if you pretend that the flagpole is the edge of the cover) and echo the flag in Enjolras’ hand. Arai, you sneaky devil you.
It's a quiet night, you're home alone, and you know what you must do. Cuddle in a few blankets, get some tea to warm up your vocal chords, and spend the night singing and having all your favorite characters die. Truly a masterpiece.
Some of these links are sadly dead and some don’t work outside of the US (you can find the 1934 version elsewhere too for the record, I just don’t remember where) and one links to an unrelated movie but many luckily still work! So yay for a masterpost!
I wanted to add a few adaptations here:
- 1964 Italian miniseries + subtitles
- 1972 French miniseries (this one is not a streaming link, sorry)
- 2000 French miniseries + subtitles
- Egyptian film (I don’t know the year)
- Manga by Takahiro Arai + translations (I think it started 2014? It’s still on-going as I’m writing this)
I know there are a whole lot of others around but it’d take a while to dig them up.