「俺の涙は俺が拭く」 (Ore no Namida wa Ore Ga Fuku )
“I Will Wipe My Own Tears”
It’s time for a fresh start. All student have the right to attack other students. We call it the Naturals Election.
Oh ho, I see what you did there. I’m pretty sure Darwin never intended his theory to be used this way, but I guess it works. It’s all about natural selection and survival of the fittest this week, and Satsuki’s continues to show just how good she is at getting people to beat the crap out of each other. It goes to show that if you’re going to do something, make sure you go all the way. Don’t half ass the things you do, and never ask for something when you can get it with your own hands. Granted, it doesn’t always mean you’ll get what you want—especially when you have the Elite Four and Matoi standing in your way—but it sure doesn’t hurt to do so.
That said, this was one crazy episode. All the developments made it feel like a season’s finale, and it might as well be, considering how Matoi’s suddenly being thrust into a King of the Hill fight with the Elite Four. To top things off, we end up seeing more into Matoi, Gamagoori, and Satsuki’s respective pasts, and it’s like: “Wait, there’s still 17 episodes left!?” Just makes you wonder what exactly they’re going to show over the remaining episodes—especially since they’re blowing through developments with some ridiculous pacing.
I guess we’ll see. In the meanwhile though, there were two interesting tidbits from this week I wanted to talk about. The first of course, is Mako’s view regarding life:
My light’s always yellow!
Essentially meaning that she chooses to live life cautiously, it makes for some good philosophical pondering. After all, it’s not exactly a bad way to live a life, as you’re less likely to get yourself into some mess you can’t get out of. At the same time though, one can argue that you’re not really living if you spend all your time being cautious, and it’s something that makes you wonder about life and which view is most fitting for you.
Matoi’s return home gives us the second tidbit, and it comes from the fact that the area around her house is peaceful despite the chaos brewing from the Naturals Elections. Yes, one can say that it’s due to the fact she doesn’t exactly live close to the Academy, but it’s precisely this that makes this quite symbolic in my opinion. And it’s because it feels symbolic of the fact that many of us are living rather peaceful lives despite there being major conflicts somewhere else on the planet. It goes to show just how big the planet is, and how life tends to move on—especially if you’re not directly involved/detached from the conflict. There’s a lot one can say about perspective here, and it was something I felt was an interesting notion to consider.
Ultimately, that’s about it. Aside from Gamagoori’s epic ride and masochistic tendencies, there’s not much else to talk about here, so I’ll catch ya guys back next week! Just be sure to keep away from Gamagoori when he reaches his climax, because his release is… quite something.