「喪失乙女」 (Soushitsu Otome)
The episode we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and I must say, watching this was difficult for me. Such cruelty, such a tragedy – I feel so sorry for Yuuko! There was only one moment of relief for me throughout the entire episode, and that was the fact that Yuuko wasn’t raped as many of you had assumed. I don’t know what I would’ve done if that’d happen…
With all the hints we’ve been given throughout the show, it wasn’t a surprise that Yuuko was sacrificed by accident. But accident or not, it’s still cruel. I tried to control my emotions when the elders of the village talked about sacrificing a child. The elders make way for the young, that’s how the society has been, and still is. This whole act of sacrifice may bring up some discussions about morals – is it okay to sacrifice for a better future? For me, this depends on the subject. In this case – no, an innocent child should not fall victim for something because its elders did something “wrong”.
I actually think the elders are making sense because the time they were living in was harsh. Japan had many problems after WWII; during times like these, it’s easy to fall into depression and make irrational decisions. In this case, not only war was involved – we have religion too. Unfortunately, religion is a vast subject and while many people share the same beliefs, their views on it are different. I’m not blaming religion here. It is a life stance, not law; the man still has the ability to make a choice. So I can understand why the elders made this decision, but that doesn’t make it acceptable for me. I’m not criticizing religion because there is nothing wrong with having a life stance, I’m criticizing some superstitious people’s selfish decisions and irrational actions, and I don’t mean to offend anyone, I just couldn’t stand the cruelty Yuuko had to face.
What’s even crueler is the fact that Yuuko probably cared about the village more than anyone. How could such a nice and gentle girl be sacrificed like that? I wonder, if Yuuko would’ve listened to her little sister (Kirie’s grandmother) – Kanoe Yukariko (Satou Satomi) and ignored saving Asa, what would happen? It didn’t seem like Asa was meant to be a sacrifice. She was used as Akahito instead, and ended up being the reason why Yuuko was chosen by accident. I don’t blame her, but I can understand Yuuko’s pain. Being down there, suffering alone, no wonder Shadow Yuuko was created!
I find it amazing how Yuuko can be so strong willed. Being in that situation, struggling for life while the candles went out (lack of oxygen), but still trying to force the negative thoughts away – that’s impressive and makes it even more tragic to see her die. I wonder if this will change Teiichi’s impression of Yuuko. Will this make him pity her, or perhaps love her even more? I know I love Yuuko even more now, not because I feel sorry for her, but because I admire her strength and passion for humanity. She is so young and healthy, cares about the well being of others around her in times of depression – she truly is an admirable character.
SILVER LINK did an amazing job with this episode, the visuals were amazing. I loved how everything was seen from Yuuko’s point of view – clip that fringe! The entire episode felt so personal, even though it actually was Teiichi reliving Yuuko’s memories to the extreme point of actually feeling her physical pain. Besides the pain, he got a glimpse of some other fancy things too, he sure is a lucky guy (I’ve said that way too much)…
Now that Teiichi knows everything, and I really mean everything, how will the story move on from this point? Shadow Yuuko who apparently loathes Yuuko for creating her is still out there and the preview is way too vague for me to base any assumptions on it. Why can’t it be next Monday already?!