And we’re back! After taking a break for a recap episode, Seikai Suru Kado is on the move again, and immediately Google decides to take over. And I must say: about time. If the world of Kado is anything like ours, all the world leaders bickering about what to do with Japan and its Wam were basically stalling until some tech megacorporation takes initiative. We can be sure for a fact that there’s no such thing as the Illuminati or the New World Order because we know the world’s already owned by Google. Seriously, what are you going to use if not Google? Bing? What’s Bing? Exactly.
Generic Silicon Valley CEO has a point, though. We actually know very little about Za as a person, and the public even less so, and somebody really needs to find out more. Otherwise, how is anyone going to be comfortable with any of the wacky technologies that Za offers? Take this newfangled Sansa thing, for example. Surely, we should be at least slightly hesitant about letting a levitating sea cucumber send us tripping without some clue as to what it does and how it works. So… let’s us sense our other selves that exist in higher dimensions. Wah? Do we have an organ for that? Or is it built into our brain functions? And how exactly do we cheat sleep with it? Are the cross-sections of ourselves in higher dimensions part of us, or are they separate? If they’re separate, do we have to, I don’t know, trade places to make the time share work? If they’re not separate, when they sleep so we don’t have to, are we aware that they are sleeping? Would we be conscious of the subconscious rearrangement of memory that our alternate sleeping selves are going through? Is that going to drive us insane? And more questions upon endless questions, but before we’ve even asked them we’re supposed to accept the Sansa based only on Satou’s, ‘I think it’s fine,’ because he feels okay.
But here’s the thing: no matter how much we study the Sansa, the guy with all the knowledge is already Za. And, for the most part, we have to take his word for it. He says that the Wam are an infinite source of clean energy. He says that the Sansa is a harmless device that helps humans reach enlightenment. And sure, there’s not much choice than to believe him, but it’d be nice if we had more to work with. It’s a problem we’ve been talking about throughout this entire series: we know nothing of Za, his motivations, and his greater plan. And so, before we achieve worldwide acceptance of the Wam and the Sansa, we really do need acceptance of Za, right? As Kado explicitly says, all we can basically do is trust him, and to do that properly we actually need information on him. That’s what the journalists were there for, right? To get a story about Za on behalf of their corporate overlord? But, nope, Za whips out another fancy device, everyone is easily distracted, and the whole interview is forgotten. Guys! You had one job!
I suppose Za is at least doing his reading, experiencing Earth (read: Japanese) culture, and generally becoming ‘more human’, which makes it easier to relate to him. It does seem, though, that the order is backwards here. Surely, it would have been best for him to have understood the humans before coming up with whatever master plan he had for advancing our peoples. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how much I’d trust a guy who only recently learnt how to smile to have the ‘right answer’ about anything to do with our messy species.
…Unless, of course, Za’s not in charge, and there’s an even greater power behind the scenes. I’m not sure if I should be happy about that possibility.