Overreaction – Week 11 Winter 2016

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(Weekly Review)

 

It’s week eleven–second to the last week for most shows–and the season really seems to be winding down. Somehow, by complete accident, I have managed to drop.., well let’s call it get behind because I do want to finish most of the shows, but I have managed to get way behind on all but three of the shows I was watching from this season–and I’m like 20+ episodes back on all of my long running shows!

There’s something about trying to keep up with 8+ new shows, while keeping up with shows I’ve been watch for years, on top of writing 1500+ words a day for various projects, and living life that just seem next to impossible. And it seems once you fall behind an episode or two, the snowball effect sets in, and it becomes too daunting a task to find the time to binge watch a show (let alone 10!) like I could in my youth.

 

We can only work with what we got, and we’re all prisoners of the moment here so let’s overreact!

**May Contain Spoilers proceed with caution**

 

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Weekly Review:  Once I realized why it was that that Satoru’s mom was working in a grocery store, a ton a questions raced to mind.. How did he not die? Where is his teacher? Where is Airi? And a ton of cliche paths I could see this story taking started to mount up as well… I figured Kayo had been waiting at his side for him to recover… I figured that since he was found drowning in Yashiro’s car that he would be found out or ducked out of town. Surely despite all of Satoru’s efforts and pain Yashiro wouldn’t still be on his original path to becoming a powerful city counselor, killing off people as he saw fit for years.

As the episode rolled on I wasn’t sure if I was beginning to be disappointed by the lack of cliches and expectations I had built up falling through, or if I was just deeply saddened by the cruel reality that Kei Sanbe, the manga’s author, had written for Satoru.

 

Satoru lost Airi, the one girl in his time that he shared a bond and deep friendship with. He lost Kayo, and not only lost her, but to his best friend no less. His mom lost 15 years of her life to suffering. He accomplished next to nothing–sure he saved Kayo–but do you think Yashiro gave up his grotesque lifelong hobby?

 

I don’t know how well this anime has stayed true to the manga (only that I will be buying it once it is released here in America), and I don’t know if anything has been left out up to this point, but I can tell this much; there will be no picture perfect ending for Satoru. He’s lost entirely to much and gained very little, in fact, he’s gained nothing aside from there being less weight on his conscience than what could have been.

 

He didn’t get the girl. He didn’t win his fight. But he has starred in a damn good story and a damn good anime.

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Author: Right Hand of Anime

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4 thoughts on “Overreaction – Week 11 Winter 2016”

  1. I think seeing two of the people you protected in your past come together in the future is a wonderful reward. I don’t think Satoru ‘lost’ Kayo at all; he let go of her in order to save the other victims, and succeeded.

    You’re phrasing like his decision to save these people owes him something, when from the beginning we established that his revivals leave him in a worse position than before. He’s not being selfish and wishing he had a better future, and neither should we be. It’s a contradictory sentiment to that which the show embraces; that you fill the gaps in your heart by giving to, and not by taking from, the world.

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    1. I’m comparing it the the typical tropes that have become a staple in modern anime. But it’s not just him that his out on a better future; look no further than what his poor mother was forced to endure. Also, I don’t feel he succeed like you do. Yashiro wasn’t stopped. He may have prevented the few children in his town from dying, but he did not succeed in defeating his enemy. Whish is another way that this story has fought off the typical cliches that have been ingrained in anime.

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      1. Success for Satoru couldn’t have included ‘stopping’ Yashiro; his goal was to save the victims. He ‘played detective’ defensively because that’s as much as he could do as a child – reach out to other children. The gap between the worlds of the mature and the young is vast in Boku Machi.

        I also don’t think these ‘cliches’ are governed by the medium of anime. The mystery genre gives us the expectation of solving who the killer is, and by provoking Yashiro Satoru actually did just that, although it cost him his normal life. Rather than fighting cliches, the show appears more to be trying to develop and reinvigorate common tropes in its genre, regardless of the medium its in.

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    2. Thanks for the awesome comment by the way. I love your point of view, and don’t disagree, but as humans it’s hard to look at the equation (His and his mom’s life, and happiness, for his two friends lives and the murderer having free regein for 15 years) and say that it was worth it.

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