「百の夜と千の空」 (Hyaku no Yoru to Sen no Sora)
“100 Nights and 1000 Skies”
I have been waiting so long to see this episode animated.
Where do I even begin with this week’s post? With the knowledge of not only what Byakuya did but the rationale and reasoning behind it, god how can you not just love the guy for being such a stand up human being?
Man, I’ve said it in other posts before, but anything involving parents and their children in anime always gets me super worked up. My favorite example being the bond that Tomoya and Naoyuki from Clannad shared, but I dare say that Byakuya and Senku are coming in at a real close second. That said, none of this would have been possible without the collaborative effort from everyone else that came plummeting back to the earth from space. Through an indescribable amount of sacrifice and an insane amount of foresight, it probably would have been impossible for Senku to achieve all the things he did so quickly.
The biggest feat being the creation of the 100 stories that managed to transcend generations and empowered them to overcome tens of thousands of years that mankind took to find its footing on this planet we call earth. Leveraging the concepts of what past civilizations used to pass along knowledge, it was actually quite brilliant how Byakuya managed to pack so much knowledge is such a “small” amount of space.
At the end of the day though, what may have left the biggest impact was the thought that the original six survivors who came from space all knew that they’d eventually pass on without being able to see the fruits of their labor. With the loss of loved ones succumbing to illnesses that were once considered trivial and others disappearing off into the horizon never to return, it must have been an insane mental battle to keep moving forward. God, just thinking about it is making me tear up a bit as I consider just how sad it is to know you missed someone by just a few thousand years only to get hit with their will (and love) from beyond the grave.
As always, another fantastic episode that highlighted all the great things that make this show such a fun one to watch. That said, it looks like things won’t stay quiet for long now that Tsukasa is ready to take up arms against Senku and his newly expanded Kingdom of Science. While it remains to be seen just what he has planned to handle this new threat, by the looks of things it seems that he at least has a plan ready to go.
P.S. SAO post coming in late tomorrow — it’s busy at work and I’m gonna die. Thank you for your patience <3