|Romaji:||ai – en – ki – en|
|Literally:||fit – bond – strange – bond|
|Meaning:||The mysterious bonds between people.|
This weeks’ yojijukugo goes to the relationship between Okazaki Tomoya and his daughter, Okazaki Ushio, both of Clannad After Story fame. Few bonds are as strong as what exists between a parent and a child, but these two know no equals. Even after death, father and daughter are unknowingly reunited in an alternate reality, where the young girl creates a vessel for her father’s wandering soul… from garbage and scrap metal on hand.
The illusionary world they meet in is itself a repository for the happiness of the people Tomoya helped in his original life. His daughter, master of this new world, will eventually use the power contained in those orbs and overcome the boundaries of time, space and dimensions to save the original Okazaki family from an impending tragedy.
Another use of the yojijukugo, other than to describe the general mystery of what connects us to each other, is to point to strange couples united through extraordinary circumstances. Romance fans certainly suffer no shortage of examples of couples who seemed doomed to fail at first glance, only to be united through a strange twist of fate.
Be it unique relationships or one-of-a-kind couples, what characters does this week’s yojijukugo bring to your mind?
Yojijukugo are four-kanji idioms representing some of the most important ideas and concepts in the Japanese language.
In this weekly series, I see how those ideas are represented in the anime world, and invite readers to share their own examples of series, characters and scenes best illustrating those concepts.
For other posts in this series, look for the Yojijukugo Series under the Category section on the right.