「恋と炎」 (Koi to Honoo)
“Love with Flames”
With great power comes great responsibility. Or does it? Someone should probably tell Tomori that…
If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that for all of Tomori’s supposedly benevolent intentions, there’s a certain disconnect between her goals and the actions she takes to achieve them. One could argue for the use of all necessary force given what’s supposedly at stake, but when you’re rocket tackling people into walls and stepping on their broken ribs threatening to kill them to obtain information, it makes you wonder when she cross the metaphorical “line”.
The fact that she’s essentially posing as an amateur detective is starting to reek more of recklessness and irresponsibility more than anything, and it seems like there’s a giant danger sign hanging here if I’ve ever seen one. Just last week she was almost shot by an arrow—one barely avoided due to Takajou’s quick thinking—and this week she literally runs straight into a punch. The gradual escalation here, and the revelation that some people could hold more than one type of power makes me wonder if they’re setting things up for a rude awakening, and it certainly be interesting to see if that does happen and what the end results of that will be—especially if the stakes are as high as she claims them to be.
For now though, this third episode provides us with an introduction to what should be our last main character, and I’ll say she didn’t quite fit into my expectations. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing—far from it—but there was a certain impression I got regarding her character from the opening sequence, and it was interesting to see how she really ended up and the fact that she’s going to be going to the academy despite her idol status. One would think the latter would be harmful to the school’s inhabitants by putting a big bullseye on the academy, but I suppose the protection being given to them there is still better than the alternative.
Either way, Nishimori Yusa’s appearance ends up important in many ways, and that’s not only due to the role she’s likely to play in the near future. Rather, her appearance and the interactions her deceased sister made using her body ends up a crucial demonstration of the nature behind their powers. The fact is, all of our ability users are capable of making the possible impossible. The catch however, is that everyone’s power has an inherit limitation built within, and there’s an important association to be made here between that and the fact that they will also lose their powers as they grow older.
Isn’t it more abnormal that you were able to see her all this time?
In this sense, Sho’s realization that he needs to say goodbye to Misa ends up as an important emphasis on how all things must eventually come to an end—their powers and the lives they lead with them included. The key is that they have these powers now, but it’s limited nature means that they shouldn’t be relied on as a crutch to get through life. That doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t enjoy their powers while they have them, but—to bring things back to my intro—that there are certain responsibilities one should abide by when using them, and the negative results that can come from irresponsible usage could extend well past circumstances they themselves get into or the adversaries they might face.
Given the situation she’s in now, what will Tomori do once everyone’s older and no longer has powers? There’s no guarantee that the members of the Student Council will stay with her afterwards, and the fact that she doesn’t have any other friends at the moment makes you wonder how well she’d do in a future without the club, the goal it gives her, and the people it helps her interact with. One could argue her solitary nature will help her get through regardless, but there’s a measure of added difficulty involved. Otosaka’s use of his powers to gain academic prestige bodes similarly in regards to how he’d survive in the real world without his abilities in the short-term, and everything here reeks of a potential future where the use of their powers could yield problems they never even considered.
Put simply, it’s a double edged sword, and the flip side remains true. Their powers are capable of doing some real good in the world despite their limitations, and just like in real life, it’s all about the choices made before it’s all said and done. The question is, when will our cast realize this? And when push comes to shove, what choices will they make? Guess we’ll see.
ED2: 「楽園まで」 (Rakuen Made) by How-Low-Hello (CV: Uchida Maaya)