Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 07
「声の出し方忘れた」 (Koe no Dashi Kata Wasureta)
“I forgot how to speak”
For a while there I actually though Sasami-san@Ganbaranai was going to turn dark and stay dark. Things did get a little iffy for a while, but it seems to have been a temporary phase in the show’s lifetime rather than a permanent change – we seem to be sort of back to normal by the end of the episode! I’m not entirely sure whether to be happy or sad about this – the dark segment certainly did have a nice charm to it by contrasting with everything that came before, but at the same time one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about Sasami-san is the ridiculous and carefree nature most of its episodes have displayed.
To say that Sasami’s family tree is a little strange would be fair, not just because of the incest, but because of how confusing the latest twist makes it. I always had a feeling Kamiomi was quite old (okay, I based this purely on the choice for his seiyuu) but for him to be her mother’s elder brother comes as a bit of a surprise. The big question is whether he’s actually Sasami’s brother by blood. Assuming he is because no reason has been given to make us doubt that and based upon the fact that Sasami was to be forced to procreate with her father… it might be fair to guess that he’s the father of all three of them – Kamiomi, Sasami, and Sasami’s mother. Or perhaps there are other theories, or Kamiomi may in fact not really be Sasami’s brother, I don’t really know!
This was actually quite an interesting episode in terms of where characters stand. Despite being incredibly frail, Juju stands at the top of the Tsukuyomi hierarchy, utterly dominating everyone else. I suppose that’s no surprise really when all the male members were raised as slaves and she was the former vessel for Amaterasu’s power. But on the other side, we have Tama, the hardest of the Yagami sisters to take seriously. I was kind of expecting a cooler entrance from her, but I shouldn’t really have been surprised by her ignorance of the moment. She does get to be pretty cool though – demonstrating a lot of power as she takes down the malign oddity. I feel as though her use of her abilities is connected to how little she knows about them – that she can use them so effectively because the powers of omnipotence haven’t been restricted by false ideas of what is and isn’t possible.
The moral of the story is a little warped and applies mostly to those who are of the Tsukuyomi lineage – working hard only brings pain and suffering, whereas being unmotivated allows you to live in bliss… assuming you have a slave for a brother. I don’t think I’ll be taking that one home with me!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Well now, that’s quite the weird family tree! #Sasamisan
- I’m kind of surprised to learn that Sasami liked superheroes even before she ran away – I kind of assumed she’d have been kept in the dark about life outside the shrine.
- There’s something rather impressive about Tama – she felt powerless to do anything, yet she always tried to do what little she could, even if that was to act happy in the hopes it would cheer up others.
- Those dropkicks!
- In the end, Sasami uses the spell her mother taught her in order to seal her – a nice little loop.
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!