「護る者と牙剥く者」 (Mamoru Mono to Kiba Muku Mono)
“Those Who Protect and Those Who Threaten”
Auntie Rosa betrays the group, and it goes just as expected. At first, the group avoid becoming ambushed by the human hunters – which allows for momentary relief. But the outcome is inevitable, because having placed their trust in Rosa to help them escape, their venture was doomed from the get go.
Rosa’s reasoning feels like sophistry to me – in that because humans behaved with prejudice, it justifies the prejudice of the Grotesque. But her personal circumstances are understandable. Ask anyone who lost loved ones to bigoted hate – just as Rosa lost her father because some humans decided to shoot first before asking questions later when he was clearly in the process of saving a young boy. Someone who lost a loved one to terrorist bombings might point fingers at particular religions, even if the majority of its practitioners are peaceful, which would give credence to governmental narratives justifying intervention in another country. Religious extremists who lost loved ones due to Western incursions might point fingers at the West, and take up arms in retribution. There’s a cycle of loss of hate – which culminates into terrible situations like we see in some sections of our world today. Sometimes, I wonder if the series is attempting to make social commentary on our world – or even human history.
Additionally, the Chronicles of Haraiso would corroborate Rosa’s story too – with the humans considering killing off Feodora despite the fact she saved one of the village children from certain death, by virtue of the fact she revealed she wasn’t a human herself. There is an ugliness to humanity which is undeniably despairing. Not that it in any way justifies monsters enacting genocide upon them. Nevertheless, you can see a causal link in that hatred of humans.
In other word, it’s not looking good for Somali. A full condition Golem would have nothing to sweat about. But it looks like he’s reached the end of his lifespan at the worst possible moment – rendering him helpless as Somali is dragged onto a chopping board to be butchered alive for the sake of consumption. However, not all hope is lost. The Golem might be looking like he’ll fall apart any moment, however, he also looks extremely menacing. Like a final ultimate form before he completely gives out. Question is – will that be enough to save Somali from her imminent predicament? Who knows. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. Apologies for delays on my end, but I hope people will understand – new job, coronavirus, Spring Previews, etc. Also, hope you’re all doing well and safe too. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week to find out how this dangerous situation will unfold.