「ソラメクフタリ」 (Sorameku Futari)
I knew it was coming, so it didn’t come as any surprise to see this series tread into highly controversial territory by depicting an incestuous relationship. What did come as a surprise though was how none of the censoring seen at the end of the last episode was really present, meaning that Sora was out in the open for everyone to see both with and without Haru. It could have been an attempt to detract from the issue at hand, but if it was, I can’t say it was a very good one since it had the exact opposite effect. In fact, Sora’s bedroom scenes were some of the most risqué and passionate ones to date, because Haru’s was unable to resist his urge to be with her even with the moral implications looming over his head. I mentioned way back in the Fall 2010 Preview that I was hoping the nudity if any would be used in a way that’s relevant to the plot, so I didn’t mind its liberal use here one bit. I’m sure there will be a lot of people who only look at the screen captures and quickly write this entire series off as hentai, but they’d be ignoring the emotional build-up leading towards these sex scenes that would have really got them bustling. There’s no denying that this series target an audience who wants to see “naked girls” to a degree, nor would I even attempt to argue that these scenes don’t boost the series’ popularity. What I will say is that knowing what I do about Haru and Sora’s precarious relationship actually made those scenes even more scandalous than just some “naked girls” would’ve been.
I attribute that primarily to how Haru not only had to carry the burden of keeping that from all his friends as it weighed heavily on his conscience, but also ending his relationship with Nao. He never did break things off cleanly with Nao either, after thoughts of Sora masturbating filled his mind and he tried to forcibly satisfy that sexual desire. If this were some two-part fan-service-oriented OVA, I’d probably scoff off all of the above and Haru’s inability to say that he loves Nao as background noise. However in this series, there’s a much more prominent sense of emotional baggage, after three arcs where I saw the characters in different situations and got to know them better. I have no intention of getting into a moral debate on whether Haru and Sora’s forbidden love should be condoned, so I’ve more or less approached this final arc with no real expectations and just an open-mind about how the producers tackle it. Quite honestly, I find it hard to say how I would handle things if I were in the Kasugano twins’ situation, simply because I’ve never been in it. Once feelings of love somehow manifests itself, standard logic seems to go straight out the window. It’s easy enough for anyone to say that they’d stick to the social norms (as they’ve been taught), but they don’t exactly have the same childhood history as these two fictional characters.
To try and get a better understanding, I like to pose the hypothetical scenario about falling in love with someone and getting into a steady relationship with them for years, only to find out sometime later that they’re a sibling of yours that was separated at birth. Can you confidently say that you’d be able to turn off your emotions with a flip of a switch in light of that revelation? While I realize that Haru and Sora aren’t in that situation, it’s an interesting mental exercise to try and understand where they’re coming from on an emotional level. Most people are likely to have experienced the hypothetical scenario than the one they’re in, so it’s an easier way of wracking one’s brain over how complicated feelings can make things. There are probably tons of answers to that scenario, but what makes this arc particularly interesting is that it presents us with differing ones. Namely, Sora has decided that she’s in love with Haru and she doesn’t have a care in the world what other people think about her, whereas Haru is still wrestling with what’s socially acceptable and will undoubtedly have problems coping with Kozue and Nao learning that he has sex with his sister. Given that they live in a small town, that only compounds the problem, suggesting that if Haru intends to continue his sexual relationship with Sora, the two of them are probably better off moving elsewhere and starting anew. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be living in a place where everyone looks at you funny or overly religious people feels you should burn in hell. As such, I am really looking forward to seeing what becomes of their incestuous relationship in the finale next week, simply because I have absolutely no idea what I would do if I were in Haru’s situation. I get the feeling that Sora won’t be fazed one bit, but it’s clearly a different story with Haru.