The seventy-eighth comic: #325 Ayako

Ayako really plays with your emotions through its run. Set, initially, in a small Japanese village, we follow a Japanese soldier who was a prisoner of war as well as a spy while he was there. He stays involved in shady dealings throughout, but slowly the focus shifts to his youngest sister, Ayako. Because of his involvement, her life turns rough and she is held underground for a long time. We explore her psyche partially, as well as the developments during and after her capture. She's part of a rotten family, staying an innocent but not always acting that way, and in a way, after a long time, resolves the crimes that were committed. The ending is incredibly fitting, and it was engaging throughout, a lovely work that really manages to get you in places.

The seventy-fourth classical recording: #799 Bohuslav Martinu - Double Concerto

Reading up a little about the tensions at the time it was created, with Europe on the brink of the second World War, the music makes a lot of sense. There's a lot of tension in it, a lot of anger as well as slow, tense bits that really get to you. It's quite impactful, making me feel the anxiety but also bringing in some moments of hope, which is just as welcome. It feels like it reflects my disordered mind at the moment - the perfect sound for me today, really.