Medaka Box – 11
「これで決着だ!!」 (Kore de Kecchaku da!!)
“This Is the End!!”
Ah the monologue. A staple of any good psychotic antagonist. For this finale to the disciplinary committee arc, the lines between right and wrong are thoroughly blurred. Both Myouri and Medaka would make fine antagonists in this state. Myouri manages to retain his smug air of superiority despite being beaten seven ways to hell and Medaka proves just how monstrous she can be when the situation calls for it.
We learn this week that this is only the second time Medaka has lost control and resorted to using her War God Mode. The first time was not against a special like Myouri, but as a result of repeated acts of inhumanity by a normal human being by the name of Kumagawa. Given her apparent desire to reform all humans, it’s no surprise that repeated failures would drive her to anger and frustration, especially when the acts committed appear to have been more than a little serious. I wonder if it was Zenkichi who brought her back to her senses on that occasion too – it doesn’t seem like something that would happen while her opponent is still amongst the living.
It’s an impressive show of friendship to see the rest of the student council still willing to stand by her even after all they’ve witnessed. They even put themselves in the way of her finishing blow (which I imagine would have been quite fatal had they screwed up and taken the full blow instead of restraining her) in order to protect her from herself. It seems pretty likely that had she succeeded in finishing off Myouri as she’d intended, the act of killing one of the humans she so loved would have stained her soul forever. Heck, those sorts of experiences can change a person entirely – the Medaka we would’ve been left with could have turned into a completely different person, someone far closer in nature to Myouri.
Surprise surprise, as our crazed and self-righteous antagonist, Myouri’s arsenal contains a weapon which can immobilise his foes, allowing him to freely give extended monologues while his victim is forced to remain perfectly still or risk being filleted like a fish. This was a pretty dialogue heavy episode again, though I can’t say I’m particularly surprised by that. There was a fair bit of combat (mostly displays of monstrous strength by Medaka) to break up the monotony of rehashed arguments on justice though.
What did surprise me was how quickly Medaka snapped out of her War God Mode with the help of her friends. The contrast between both sides of her personality is huge, especially given how easily she asks Myouri to be her vice president only moments after she was about to kill him. That I did not see coming. Myouri’s decision not to harass the student council in future also felt a little abrupt, but I suppose it could be attributed to relief that he somehow managed to survive and the realisation that if he screws with Medaka again, he’ll probably not get another chance.
Shiranui gets a brief appearance towards the end of the episode. It seems something big is going on behind the scenes and the academy director (her grandfather it turns out) has some form of plan that relates to the Thirteen Party. I wonder if this plan has something to do with why we never see any teachers in the academy and why no-one appears to do anything about these large-scale school-demolishing battles. Or maybe they’re just too scared to get involved – not much a normal teacher could do against a couple of people capable of tearing down the entire building with their bare hands (and the help of some explosives).
Next week we’ll be getting an anime original episode with two new characters who were created specifically for it! Whether it will be the finale or not is still a little uncertain, but it does seem like it could be a good place to end the first season with some solid conclusion but enough questions to bring people back for a second season.
- I still think younger Medaka is far more kawaii… even in black and white.
- Being ‘benevolent as a god to strangers’ and ‘cruel as a devil’ for the sake of your friends actually seems like a fairly promising creed to me. You show kindness to everyone, but as soon as someone threatens your friends, you destroy them.
- ‘I’m supposed to be able to move this school!’ Uh… I don’t think you’re meant to be able to move it in quite that sense…
- It’s kind of interesting to see the repeated imitations Medaka has performed over the course of the series used in some meaningful fashion.
ED: 「お花畑に連れてって」 (Ohanabatake ni Tsuretette) by 豊崎 愛生 (Toyosaki Aki)