Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales
|Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales|
|Published by||Kobunsha, Kadokawa Shoten|
|Magazine||Haru Pretty (1992)
Asuka Comics DX (2001)
|Published||June 10, 1992|
The volume contains three tragic stories framed by the legend of Shirahime (“white princess”), a sad goddess whose tears are said to be the snow. Shirahime might have been inspired by the Japanese legend of the “snow woman”, Yuki Onna.
Prologue: A man wandering in a blizzard finds a woman in white, and advises her to seek shelter. The woman says she's waiting for something. He tells her the legend of Shirahime's tears, and that the goddess must be crying now.
- Garō no Yama (牙狼の山 Wolf Mountain , "On Wolf Mountain")
Fubuki, a young girl, sets out to seek revenge from the mysterious black wolf who killed her father. When the same wolf saves her from mountain dogs, she develops an attachment that complicates things with her family.
- Kōri no Hana (氷の花 Flower of Ice , "Flower of Ice")
A man leaves his lover, Kaya, waiting by an ice-cold lake. He returns years later, believing she will have found someone else and grown old, only to find her, frozen dead in the lake, unchanged from the day he left her.
- Hiyoku no Tori (比翼の鳥 Wings Side-by-side , "Happily Married Couple")
A soldier loses his way on a snowy mountainside while returning home to his fiancée. In his frustration, he shoots down two herons only to discover upon his eventual return home that the herons had been guiding him.
Epilogue: The scene from the prologue continues with the woman replying that snow is not the goddess' tears. When spirit wolves arrive, she revels herself as Shirahime, and explains that snow is the tears of humans, before ascending away.
Shirahime-Syo was published by Kobunsha under their Haru Pretty imprint on June 10, 1992 (ISBN 4-334-80161-7). A re-release on Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka Comics DX line happened on August 2001 (ISBN 4-04-853393-2).