Finished! And with plenty of time left in the week to post questions, thankfully.
So, my own thoughts.
I enjoyed this story. It was just the right mix of tense and not-really-horror for me. While I do wish Izumi was more than just an outside observer, it does feel right for me in the end: she’s not really tangled up in the brothers’ business, and serves as a handy point of “truth”, in so far as having an unbiased view of the Night Market and how it affects people.
As much as I would like to see a future glimpse of 裕司 as a shopkeeper (?) in the market, I think I’m okay with leaving the door open the way it was. I can easily imagine a scenario where he has to take the 人攫い’s place, so I’d prefer for that not to be confirmed, haha. Thinking about it, I wonder if 裕司 would retain any memory of his life previous to being integrated into the market?
If anything, any potential sequel I’d be interested in would feature 弟, either following him as he travels the world, or featuring him as a recurring background character as the main protags deal with their own 夜市 experiences.
The more I think about it, the more I can see the potential for some truly horrifying things in the future, and the more glad I am that the novella dealt with it how it did: pretty much just as an introductory concept. You don’t have to commit to 100% scary things/concepts, but the ideas are introduced, and it’s all written well enough to leave considerable amounts to the imagination.
This is definitely a story I’d like to go back to and re-read after I’ve studied a chunk of the new vocab I found, if only so that my progress isn’t as stop-and-start as it was this first go-around.
I’m not sure if I want the next story to be connected to 夜市 or not. On one hand, I’d love to see more of this world. On the other, it might be good as a general palate cleanser for it to break away completely. I do kind of wish we were waiting a week before starting it, though, purely for selfish reasons: I’ll be on vacation next week, and am hoping I don’t just straight up forget to read while relaxing on the beach, haha.