「泥クジラと共に砂に召されるのだよ」(Dorokujira to tomo ni suna ni mesareru no da yo)
“Let’s Suicide In The Sand With The Mud Whale”
Let me preface this post by saying, I’m so sorry. The delay comes from losing my laptop charger, then having no proper contingency plan in place. Any remaining time and energy had to be redirected towards similarly affected legal studies, which unfortunately took precedence over Random Curiosity. Kujira had to be further delayed, due to releasing on Monday, when my primary access to blogging came over the weekend. Not exactly the ideal scenario, but better than nothing. Now dear readers, if you could forgive me, that would be great. And for these misgivings, I owe everybody an apology, especially my fellow colleagues. Love y’all! Special thanks to Pancakes, a literal superstar who helped gather screencaps for Episode 4. Now, without further ado, let’s proceed onto the main body of this post!
Quick Recap: Though we may still be in the midst of grieving, another problem surfaces. Kujira looks to set up an irreconcilable conflict between Chakuro and some out of touch elders. But using mass suicide to drive such an agenda is nothing short of crazy. There’s honestly no rhyme or reason to such a decision, and the complete lack of subtlety really irks me. While it’s true that those aboard Falaina are incredibly sheltered from the outside world, it would not warrant contravening tenets of self-preservation which are fundamental to almost every human being – emotions or no emotions.
Another point I’d like to make: I don’t think Ginshu is a well-written character. It sort of rubs me the wrong way that she exhibits so little emotional reaction following the massive genocide committed against her people, and that she gets a creepy kick out of being called ‘onee-san’. However, I suppose her heart is in the right place, like when she took Chakki’s side without questioning his motives. Plus, she can be entertaining in her own respect.
Minor complaints aside, I really liked the ethereal vision that Neri showed to Chakuro. The mysterious and magical qualities were well conveyed, remaining a strong aspect of the series. Not only did we receive closure regarding Sami – all kinds of juicy hints were dropped about the inner turbulence of key characters, as well as this vague conception that there’s something more to Neri than we might think.
「逃げるのはイヤだ」 (Nigeru no wa iyada)
“I Don’t Want to Run”
Mass Destruction (averted)
You would think that even the most brazen and outspoken of foolish leaders would not openly reveal their morally objectionable plans to systematically kill off an entire population. Least of all towards those unwittingly burdened into carrying out such a task. I’m just glad that people saw sense and denounced the sheer absurdity in the Elder’s extremely kneejerk plan. Forcing everyone to accept a terrible decision is no act of kindness, and from the looks of it, little deliberation went into considering any possible alternatives. A bah humbug to you, good sir.
As someone who invests high stock on characters, one of the things I find myself enjoying the most about Kujira is how Chakuro wears emotions on his sleeve. Admittedly, he was kind of annoying at the start, but he really began to grow on me as the series progressed. So many male characters adhere to this machismo notion where they deeply bury their feelings, particularly widespread in a fictional society where strong emotions are taboo. Yet when called for, Chakuro is not above letting loose one hell of a passionate speech, amidst a flurry of tears. In my opinion, there is a strength of will, in breaking away from the shackles of historic tradition. His humanity is further emphasised when he expressed a powerful gratitude towards being alive, through the simple appreciation of an open field. If I think about it, being overemotional should make Chakuro an objectively poor archivist, since they are merely meant to document passing events in a detached fashion. That said, the quality of written history poses no concern to us. I’d even venture to say it’s actually perfect for a main character, because we strive to understand occurrences within the context of their intensely personal experience.
Concessions on Ouni
I will take back what I previously said about Ouni being an edgelord extraordinaire. He helped put a stop to these silly machinations, and came across as awesome when throwing his full support to rally behind an emotional Suou. However, for all the build up we were teased with, his fight with the eyepatch man was one heck of a wet noodle. They waved around some sticks, while displaying minimal usage of Thymia, a situation redeemed only by the revelation of some cursed eye. Hopefully we get more tidbits on the backstory behind that one, but I’m sadly becoming wary of how often Kujira promises something more, only to let down our expectations.
The discussion on how to defeat the evil Empire gave me flashbacks to Star Wars. Specifically when Lykos (Princess Leia) was explaining to everybody how the seemingly impenetrable Nous (The Death Star) had a weakness that could be exploited. However, Lykos also presents another interesting possibility whereby Falaina seeks out different nations bearing towards the Empire, to cooperate as allies sharing a mutual interest. Whether this will work or not remains to be seen, but I’m not expecting it to be that straightforward. As Viscount Palmerston proclaimed in regards to his stance on Britain’s 19th Century Foreign Policy: “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow”.
P.S. – I want to specifically thank agirlhasn0name. Thank you very much for helping me take screencaps for Episode 5, and lending me your laptop over the weekends so that I could do some vital catching up!