Medaka Box – 10
「私は貴様を許さない!!」 (Watashi wa Kisama o Yurusanai!!)
“I Will Not Forgive You!!”
In a way, Medaka is something of a contradictory existence. By now we’re all very familiar with her ideals, her love for all humanity, and her desire to save everyone, not just from others but also from themselves. Her interventions in the attempted assassinations were not merely to save her student council comrades from harm, but also their assailants. As Zenkichi said, had they gone through with the attack they would likely not have fared as well as they hoped. Bluff or no bluff, I harbour no doubts that the student council members could have thoroughly decimated their would-be assassins (even Zenkichi given how we’ve seen him deal with others in the past).
On top of that, Medaka was also performing her usual saviour role – alongside protecting either side of the conflict from harm (although there was plenty of mental trauma), she also saved them from performing unforgivable deeds. Given that one of her core principles has always been to redeem wrongdoers based around the idea that they’re all good people at heart, it’s pretty natural that she’d want to save them from corrupting themselves further. Even Medaka seems to acknowledge a point of no return on the corruption scale.
With the revelation of just how far Myouri is willing to go to take down the student council in his personal vendetta against Medaka (with his explosive-filled extremely-elastic Super Balls), we finally get to see Medaka snap. At long last, we see the War God Mode teased in the OP, resulting in what I can only see as a slightly contradictory personality. But that’s fine – rage does that to a person, no matter how saintly they might be on the surface. In addition, the triggers are worthy ones – who can possibly stand by calmly when someone directly threatens the lives of your friends, not once, but twice? Had it not been for Medaka’s superhuman reactions and resilience, they would all have died in the explosion. We actually get a quick moment of symbolism to further emphasise the bounds of her rage – her complete lack of care when stepping on a flower which represented one of the people she’d helped shows us that in this state she no longer cares about those ideals, heck, she doesn’t even acknowledge their existence. In a sense, had they not been so completely different, this suggests that Myouri might have had some miniscule chance to convert Medaka to the disciplinary committee.
It would seem that the reaction of normal students to Medaka’s activities is something of a double-edged sword. If they realise Medaka is involved, they will dismiss it as being a usual occurrence and will show no further interest in it. On the one hand, this is good because it means that no-one will ever feel the need to come and investigate it, thereby eliminating the risk of being caught in the crossfire (or suffering mental trauma just knowing what sort of demons they’re attending school with!). On the other hand, it also means that it’s extremely unlikely anyone will ever show up to render aid should the situation ever degrade to a point where such is necessary.
The sheer power we see from the War God Mode (and the strength we’ve seen from her on a day-to-day basis) makes me seriously wonder whether the next episode will actually be dominated by a battle, or if it will be no more than a continuation of the lengthy monologues both Myouri and Medaka seem to be excessively fond of giving.
- Who actually holds a phone like this?!
- This was a good episode for some adorable shots of Kikaijima. Onigase too, if to a far lesser extent.
- We actually had some very nice Horizon-esque music from Katou Tatsuya this week which worked really well in getting the blood pumping (especially during the War God Mode segment)!
- I really do wonder just how fast Medaka can move to be able to do so many things in such a short period of time (particularly rolling everyone up in a rug).