「とむらいの声」 (Tomurai no Koe)
“Voices of Condolence”
Just because you can hear them doesn’t mean you can save them. Just because they’re not lost doesn’t mean they don’t have to die.
This School Has A Jail Cell
Akari’s initial qualms about killing were very selfish in a way. She doesn’t want to kill, even though she is one of the few with the power to protect, and even though innocents will die if she does not. She wants a third option (trope!), even though no known third option exists. Without that, all that remains is doing what can be done while working towards another possible solution – which is the option she chooses in the end. I understand her angst, and I’m glad it took place, though longer than this would have been too much. This might have already been too much, in fact.
Also, that jail cell thing? They don’t tell you that kind of thing when you sign up for this school. What a raw deal.
The Moon Loves the Sun
This is not the kind of show that baits yuri shippers, so I was curious as to why Luna was so assertive when it came to Akari. We got a glimpse into that this time. Luna is damaged goods (according to those asshole adults), and the only one who ever thought she was worth anything was her onee-chan, who Akari resembles in personality. I guess I just like the symbolism in the moon loving the sun, and how someone is willing to stand up for Akari, even when she goes off the rails.
More so than just a revelation about Luna, I like how all of the characters – mainly the main four for now, but that may change – have their own unique emotional baggage. Akari’s is well documented, and Luna has her “damaged good” onee-chan thing, but then there is Seira, who (appears to) feel like she has to be right about killing the Daemonia, or else why has she been killing all these innocent people all this time? As for Ginka, I’m unsure on her yet, but calling herself indecisive, talking about the pay…there’s plenty of potential to go into despair-ville for her, I feel. In fact, she one who seems to float effortlessly by might be the one to crack the hardest. Should be interesting to see what her baggage entails.
Speaker For The Daemonia
What interests me about the setup of this show is that it challenges the old absolute of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” (which, if you look at the actions of most major political or religious leaders in history, is not really much of an absolute at all) by exploring when it is not only okay to kill, but when it is right to do so. Last week in the comments I likened this to a soldier killing an enemy combatant, in that the soldier won’t be punished, and it might even be for the better and save lives. (A very American way of thinking, I know.) Perhaps a better parallel would be physician assisted suicide, at least in light of this episode’s events. Food for thought.
Whatever the case, Akari’s decision is rife with potential for anguish. She is setting herself up to be some kind of therapist for the soon-to-be dead, one who will listen to the pain of the humans trapped in the Daemonia and then help them in the only way she can – by sending them to oblivion. She will listen and remember, so that they will not be forgotten, not totally. This smacks of someone who is going to take all of the pain of the world on her own shoulders, and slowly bow under that weight. Admirable perhaps, but ultimately self-destructive. Anyone else getting shades of Sayaka? We’ll see where this goes.
Looking Ahead – A Better Way, or To The Pain
I still wonder what path this show will eventually take, and whether the world will allow the characters to have their way. There are, broadly speaking, two choices: the light path, and the dark. Akari is trying to take the light path, of taking a third option and finding a way to fix the system so they can exterminate the Daemonia before innocent lives are lost, but will the world allow it? She must walk the dark path in the meantime, of slaying the Daemonia and the humans they have taken over. Will she slowly come to accept this as the only path, her idealism slowly crushed by the inexorable reality of the world?
I’m not sure which one is the “right” answer, the one that will make this the best story it can possibly be. I want to find out though. Series picked up. Let’s see where this goes.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Just because you can hear them doesn’t mean they can be saved. Akari has become a therapist for those who are about to die #geneitaiyou
- Why does the soul look like blood cells? Or is the soul in the blood? Hmmm…
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