Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 05
「まだ本気出してないし」 (Mada Honki Dashitenaishi)
“I’m not even serious yet”
Friendship huh? Well I guess with Sasami now attending school it was going to be something that would come up at some point. For some people, making real friends is hard. Now imagine being a god and a socially awkward hikikomori. Either a free ticket to awesome or horribly problematic depending on how you choose to look at it I guess.
There was something strangely funny about hearing the drawbacks to making friends with the power of a god from Tama of all people. She’s an odd one really, and not just in her physical appearance compared to her age. Her occasional wisdom belies both her supposed age and the age one would expect from her physical appearance – this isn’t the first time she’s said something rather profound. If you have power over reality, you can never really know whether the people who claim to be your friends are actually your friends or merely under your influence. This is true even without godlike powers – wealth, social standing, and prestige are all things which grant power, and with that it becomes harder to tell whether friends are truly friends, or whether they have some other goal. Okay so that sounds really paranoid, but it’s something some people actually experience.
This episode was massively less weird than last week’s, but it did present some interesting stuff. There are parallels throughout the entire episode between Sasami and the myriad gods – in a sense both parties experience exactly the same things but from different sources. Take for example Kagami’s cold rejection of Sasami’s friendship and note that by choosing Kagami, Sasami essentially rejected all of the myriad gods without even sparing a thought for them. Cold. This leads into jealousy – the myriad gods wish to crush Kagami since she was Sasami’s chosen friend, while Sasami felt jealousy and betrayal over seeing Kagami with other girls. They’re going through exactly the same things!
Having a normal school life is a theme in so many different series, in fact it seems to pop up somewhere in almost everything, supernatural or not. It rarely, if ever, ends well and I feel a little sorry for Sasami trying to attain one while harbouring power over all creation and attempting to befriend a robot. As an otaku, her concept of ‘normal’ probably already vastly differs from that of the other students so it’s hardly strange she’d be shocked by their ‘dull’ conversations. There was no way this was ever going to be normal, even putting aside the fact that one of Kagami’s roles is to keep watch over Sasami so that her power doesn’t do funky things to the universe. All I can say is that I find myself unreasonably glad that they managed to become true friends by the end, though the friendship was obviously there right from the start – from Sasami’s ‘I thought we were friends…’ to her incessant rambling about her very first friend to her brother.
And once again, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai leaves me with no idea where it’s planning to go next. This seems to be a running theme each week, especially given how the previews aren’t really previews!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – This week on #Sasamisan – friendship and betrayal. With gods. And a recovering hikikomori.
- Sasami is cute when she’s nervous!
- Kagami considers sleeping to be ‘occupied’ – I wonder whether that’s merely her liking sleep or if it also serves an additional purpose as a robot.
- Tsurugi may act like an idiot at times, but she’s pretty damn perceptive – she noticed right away that something was up.
- Poor Kamiomi… you never even stood a chance.
- I love Kagami’s expression when Sasami asks her if they can go to the bathroom together!
- Some of Kagami’s ‘accidents’ were rather painful to watch.
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Random aside: I released an awesome eight track sci-fi electronic video-game-inspired album! You should listen to it, buy it, and spread the word or something!