「歓喜なき勝利」 (Kanki Naki Shōri)
It’s not that I spent much time on speculation, but this was not how I expected Nagisa’s backroom schemes to unfold. It’s clear that I’m simply not very well versed on the Japanese political system—and I’m assuming that Classroom Crisis uses the system that Japanese viewers at home would be familiar with. Same as theirs, but on Mars. Classroom Crisis has usually not wandered far from the 21st century other than in the realm of space travel, and I won’t assume they have now.
Do politicians in Japan really defect so easily? It certainly doesn’t happen in Australia, where I live. Dropping out of your party to run as an independent? Sure. Crossing the floor for a contentious vote? Sometimes. But career politicians are still very much creatures of their parties. Even though our two major parties aren’t as divided in ideology as they are in, say, the USA, switching allegiances to the other is the kind of treachery that voters will not readily forgive. Therefore I’m still finding it a bit hard to get my head around these politics. I suppose the details aren’t really all that important. The takeaway is that Nagisa took part in some shady maneuvering to secure himself a political puppet, and the other guy, an idealistic young lad left out of the loop of the game, is left sad. And nobody really feels good about how it turned out.
So this episode was a fork in the road for Nagisa, with a choice to either return the 1.5 billion misappropriated yen to help A-TEC, or to use the knowledge of it as leverage/blackmail so that he may eventually destroy his brothers. Considering the foreshadowing of this episode and the last, the path he takes should not be a surprising one. The revenge motive is not hard to understand, but his brother is a giant douche (that’s corporatespeak, by the way), but it does feel like there should be something deeper there. Something that would make Nagisa’s triumphant gloating feel like more than hollow spite. Maybe some more of that family history.
Perhaps the hollowness (‘Joyless Victory‘) is the point, as punctuated by Nagisa’s showdown with Kaito. Being foils for each other, they differ in many aspects, but one thing they shared was pride, and Kaito had a point when accusing Nagisa of losing his. With them just having started to respect each other, this was a natural course. Kaito, no matter what kind of goof he was, was never one to doubt, which gives him a sort of moral high ground in this matter. Nagisa, on the other hand, is pretty insistent on playing the pariah, perhaps to make A-TEC repudiate him so that he could in turn. It’s a bit of a shame, really. Nagisa was quite the skilled painter for an amateur. What a waste of talent.
Nagisa still seems bent on taking on his eldest brother, though, who is a lot more chill than the middle one and also lot more enigmatic—perhaps even sinister. With Kiryuu Yuuji exiled to the boondocks, I think we can count him as thoroughly defeated and taken out of the picture. Kiryuu Kazuhisa seems well poised to be the ‘last boss’. It’s not certain that he’s going to be a big villain, though since it’s implied that he’s had his hand in all the pies (did I use that idiom right? It sounds rather gross) if the plot calls for an Emperor Palpatine he’d be it. I’m sure he’s going to have all sorts of secret reasons for doing all his secret things, though; that’s how these stories usually go.
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