Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 06
「迷惑かけてるのは親だけ」 (Meiwaku Kaketeru no wa Oya Dake)
“Only Parents Give Us Problems”
Two weeks ago it was the father who took the spotlight, this week, it’s Sasami’s mother’s turn to shine! Whenever an anime purposely skirts around the fate of a character, when they intentionally leave it vague, the logical assumption is always death. But every time it comes up, I always harbour a secret hope that it’s misdirection – that the character in question will not turn out to be dead and instead something clever will happen. Sadly it’s never misdirection, and it wasn’t here either. But the fact that she ‘vanished into the darkness’ was some pretty nice foreshadowing for the second half of the episode at any rate. I’m also happy that it doesn’t seem to have taken the obvious route of Tsukuyomi Juju (Asakawa Yuu) being resurrected through Sasami’s longing to see her again. I guess that’s one of two clichés avoided!
There’s something quite entertaining about seeing people exposed to things that are unusual to them but completely normal to us. We’ve had varying degrees of this already throughout the series thanks to Sasami’s strange nature, but there was something enjoyable to seeing her mother’s reactions which generally bordered on paranoia or disapproval. Her suspicion of everything is rather funny, but then again, is it really paranoia given just how crazy the world of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai can be at times? Especially for someone like Sasami herself. There’s also something ironic about the fact she tells Sasami not to rely on her brother too much despite the fact he exists, in Tsukuyomi tradition, entirely to be her slave and her mother is also completely incapable of doing anything for herself.
I’m always kind of impressed by how quickly Sasami-san@Ganbaranai can go from being light-hearted and fun to rather dark and brutal. It’s a little sad that Juju came back from the dead not to spend time with her beloved daughter, but rather to force her back into seclusion for ‘the sake of mankind’. So is the happiness and freedom of a single person truly worth more than the future of humankind? I can’t say I’m too interested in getting into philosophical debates on the ‘net, but even if she does have the power of Amaterasu, is it really required she sacrifice herself for others? What’s to say the world won’t move on fine without her? There’s a lot of arrogance in her mother – believing that the land cannot be left in the hands of gods and that power should be held by humans. But what more right do the humans have to it? Especially when gods and humans have been portrayed as so alike in this series. Tsurugi may be the ‘lazy’ god who threw away her powers, but she still cares enough to watch over Sasami and try to keep her from harm.
I suppose, in the end, the big question is how much of those events were actually real. It seems to be implied that what Sasami saw was not actually the real world, or it could be that her mother is referring to the ‘real world‘ as in the world she belongs to – the Tsukuyomi Shrine. I guess next week’s episode should shed some light on that!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – First fathers, and now mothers. #Sasamisan
- I feel sorry for Kagami – it must hurt to have that pillow snatched away at the last second every time!
- There’s something rather ironic about Sasami comparing her own worth to that of the rabbit when it’s entirely possible that it’s what became of her duplicate!
- I wish I could do that!
- Kagami’s contrasting reactions to people and bunnies are a joy to watch!
Full-length images: 02.
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!