And Mopey doesn’t even mention the most important drawback of this form of communication: that those goddamn pigeons crap uncontrollably just all over the place. >_> In my estimation, that alone would be reason enough to switch to something more contemporary and practical, like mobiles. (Which I don’t really like in general, but I have to acknowledge their lack of defecation.)
Perhaps I’m just bitter from my disappointment when I learned that homing pigeons aren’t really “homing”…like, infra-red or radar guided. They just kind of vaguely recall certain places and might, or might not, return there, while crapping uncontrollably just all over the place. Not nearly as cool as it could have been. >_>
Of course Mopey also doesn’t mention any possible advantages of pigeon-based communication. For example it’s time-honored nature. Or the fact that it’s kinda romantic…or, well, would be, in cases where you don’t use an arrow to shorten the transmission time. But at such a short distance, the gain in efficiency is just too tempting, I guess. >_> So, well, the time-honored nature could be fielded, but that’s about it. Not really an indefensible omission.
So, yeah – as effective as Great Modesty Wall of Onsen is in safeguarding our heroes from potentially troublesome cross-gender contact, it has been recognized that contact does actually have certain advantages when it comes to facilitate communication. But will that argument carry the day? Or will the time-honor argument win out, perhaps aided by side-effects like forcing Snuka to exercise his archery, or the fact that pigeon can be somewhat tasty when prepared right (which takes a considerable amount of effort, though)? We will know on Monday.