「三年四組I」 (San-nen Shikumi I)
“Class 3-4 I”
Today’s arc marked the return to a cohesive plot, centering around the nature of “strong wishes” and the people who have them granted. The wishes have been known to grant children superpowers, trap children in suspended animation, and recently we’ve discovered that they can form entire worlds independent of the real world. It’s an idea that sounds similar to that of the Law of Attraction from The Secret–a book that claims that people find success when they believe that success will find them. Wishes may not be directly related to the issues of defining morality in a world with the lines of life and death blurred, but it does provide an interesting look into the morality of interfering with other people’s wishes.
It’s weird that Alis has a strong desire to destroy the world that Class 3-4 has created. Although he is correct in saying that his classmates are “trapped” in an infinite loop (as well as the thousands of others he’s convinced to enter), is there anything inherently bad with the world that they are trapped in? The world is self-maintained and doesn’t seem to bring any harm to anyone in it, and as such looks to be a comfortable place to stay in at first glance, especially considering how tough it can get in the real world. It is understandable that Alis wants to destroy the illusion in order to save his classmates, but is that really the best course of action? Perhaps the strongest argument that can be leveraged against Alis is Dee–the greatest enemy he proclaims, but in reality may be the person that cares about the situation the most.
It is easy to dismiss Dee’s stance on opposing Alis and Ai at first glance–the story sets her up as a jealous character who stands in the way of our protagonists. I myself even fell into that trap, considering how shallow the show has been so far. On closer inspection though, Dee has a very valid reason to oppose Alis’ actions, especially with the information of her supposed death presented near the end of this episode. Not only does Dee not find any benefit in destroying the one world where she can sense the world physically, but also she does not find benefit in destroying the world that allows her to physically be with the one person she cares about. With a stable life that is full of friendly people without any worries of life and death, Dee probably finds the comforts of being “alive” and having not to worry about the real world to outweigh the repetition of the dream world–which actually prevents death by never progressing time farther than a year. The snowglobe, and by extension the ferris wheel, now makes sense as a symbol–the ferris wheel eternally rotates around and around in the snowglobe, but it is protected from the troubles of the outside world while also providing a beautiful view every single time. Being a ghost is pretty cool, but at the same time, I imagine it must be one of the loneliest experiences one can have.
Of course, Alis has his own legitimate points about the issue, but those are fairly easy to understand as compared to Dee’s conflicted situation. Once again, Ai will have to decide who is right and which idea will advance the saving of the world. Should she continue to support Alis in breaking the illusion that has deceived everyone, or should she support Dee who wishes to maintain the dream that people explicitly wished for? Though we do have to reveal more about the intentions of Class 3-4 in creating this world in the first place, the main effects of this arc have already begun to show themselves. It’s pleasing to see more explicit moral conflict returning to the show, and hopefully this arc can end without jumps in plot similar to its predecessors.