「自分自身を御せない者は、いつまでも奴隷のままだ。」 (Jibun Jishin o Gyosenai Mono wa, Itsumade mo Dorei no Mamada.)
“A Man Who Cannot Command Himself Will Always Be a Slave.”
They say what goes up must come down – but in the case of Youjitsu that descent is very much the schadenfreude to come from sticking Kakreu in his place. Yeah the guy was always annoying, a blowhard of the highest proportions, yet one cannot say he’s not willing to go all the way to get what he wants. Quite literally.
Given how much Youjitsu has beaten around the bush between Kakeru and his desire to raise Class C on the backs of Class D destruction, it’s funny yet fitting that it all comes to a head just when Kiyotaka decided to finally step back and enjoy things. While I’m not about to deny how deliberate and curated this arc is (developments are just a tad too perfect), it is a fitting bit of growth for Kiyotaka as a whole. The kid after all has only just learned how to cooperate and leverage others in the pursuit of a goal, being able to turn that into actual care and altruistic action for the sake of another (and not just an objective) is the next logical course for Kiyotaka to take. As the meeting between Kiyotaka and his ‘father’ last week showed, being at school is only half the battle for independence. The other half now comes from joining with the wider world.
In terms of practicality though, getting to enlightened deadpan expressions runs straight through Kakeru and his, well, frankly pathetic methods of extracting advantage. There’s no denying the utility of torture and waterboarding at times, but damn, is it really needed here? Not like one needs a further reason to dislike Kakeru, and even the likes of Mio are starting to show disgust with how far he’s willing to go for the sake of the name. Especially egregious is that a name alone won’t help. You learn it’s Kiyotaka and then what? Intimidate him? Blackmail him? Leverage others into doing your dirty work? Kakeru really doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into, which is what has me quite looking forward to seeing how Kiyotaka handles this situation.
Kei might be suffering for no good reason right now, but it ain’t the guy currently pulling glorified parlour tricks who’ll be having the last laugh.