Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
“Subete no Mirai ni Sayonara o” (全ての未来にさよならを)
This episode of Danganronpa reminded me why I love anime in the first place. It’s not the high-octane action scenes and the cute anime characters (well… not only!). Anime is a complicated form of art, one that is not afraid to touch on philosophical matters and experiment with its subject matter.
Hinata had to make a tough decision during this episode. A tough decision he wouldn’t have made if things have gone differently.
It’s not easy to be left behind. Natsumi Kuzuryu, the little sister of the Super High School Level Gangster, has no talents. The only talent that she can think of is that of the Super High School Level Little Sister, which I think is a little less ridiculous than some of the already existing titles. The only thing she wants is to feel proud enough to stand by her older brother’s side. She wants to be acknowledged and respected. She doesn’t want the blue face of mediocrity, but instead believes she deserves a chance to prove herself. And it’s even more difficult when one of your former club friends is playing with the big boys.
Natsumi and Sato were in the same photography club as Super High School Level Photographer, Mahiru Koizumi. Natsumi is overly jealous of Mahiru to the point that she verbally abuses here. Sato is trying to protect her, but her determination it seems went a little too far. Natsumi is murdered, and a few days later Sato is also found dead. Whether Sato killed Natsumi and then committed suicide out of guilt is not expressed directly, but is nevertheless heavily implied.
“There is more to life than just talent”, Yukizome-sensei
When Hinata tries to learn the truth he is confronted by Juzo Sakakura who tries his best to insult his lack of talent. ‘Those without talent can only pay their way through”, he says to him in a statement that perfectly sums up the state of education today.
In the end we see the first important decision Hinata makes in his path to become Izuru Kamukura.
Ego: There are seven billion people on this planet scattered in approximately 196 countries. Each one of us is unique. We have our own personality, our own dreams, and our own aspirations. We get jealous of people with more talent than us, and envious of people without talent who have more resources than us. We are human and our nature dictates that our self becomes the center of our universe.
Talent: There are a lot of things to say about the theme of accomplishment through talent. But the one that comes across from this episode is the one that I think is also the most important. People with talent are not always aware of that talent. Natsumi and Hinata wanted to have a talent, any talent. Contrary, the students of the main course are so good at what they are doing because they are in love with it. Talent, or expertise, or whatever you want to call it, was a result, not a goal.
This was by far my favorite episode. I know we have still ways to go, but I was glad to see the reason behind Hinata’s decision to take part in the artificial talent experiments. The scene with Nanami felt like a prolonged goodbye by Hinata who probably already knew what effect the experiment would have in his memories and personality.
For an episode that relied on dialogue instead of action, it had a nice, steady pace and flowed nicely all the way to the end.
Things are starting to slowly build up. I’m always trying not to give away any major spoilers away, but the way this is going, knowing what’s going to happen is just adding to the mystery.
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