「三年四組II」 (San-nen Shikumi II)
“Class 3-4 II”
Though today was mostly a confirmation of what we could already figure out, we saw some nice moments from Dee and Alis, as their characters continue to flesh themselves out. Though this current world is vastly comfortable–it looks like Scar and Yuri have done that quickly–the looming instability of the world and its possible reset still haunts the story, like the inevitable doom of the moon in Majora’s Mask. Both sides have presented their case in regards to the fate of the fantasy world, but what will Ai side with in the end? Who will be sacrificed to progress everyone else forward?
By the end of the episode, it looks like Dee is worried that Alis would sacrifice her to save the rest of the class, but in reality it seems to hint that he would sacrifice himself to save the class. Despite the distance he’s enforced between Dee and the closeness he’s established with Ai, it’s easy to see that Dee isn’t an expendable item for Alis’ plans, or anyone else in the class for that matter. So who else to sacrifice for the cause than Alis himself? Perhaps this links with how Alis perceives how wishes and personal growth conflict with one another and how he struggles with his own self-improvement thanks to his own wish being granted. It’s as if he wishes to achieve something tangible outside of God’s wishes in order to prove his change within the world, by enabling others to grow as well. I do wonder how he’ll manage to do this without sacrificing Dee (assuming that she’s going to live somehow) and I do wonder if it’s still morally correct to free these people from their peaceful life, but as with all things in this show, it’ll get wrapped up, sloppy or not.
While the show has shown a willingness both to separate people and keep them together, as represented by the first and second arcs respectively, I do hope that Dee does get to reconcile her feelings for Alis. Many of her fears are undermining his feelings for her, but it does create a good atmosphere that shows how afraid and desperate that Dee is to not be alone, away from the person she’s admired for so long. After In her view, there is nothing to gain for herself by destroying the world she’s bound by, but at the same time she feels that she understands where Alis is coming from. It seems irreconcilable right now, but maybe Alis or God have something under their sleeves to make this a happier end.