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March 14, 2010

Redmaigo on Shichika Yasuri of Katanagatari and the Choices that Await the Shrine Maidens

Original Post: Addiction and freedom and paradoxes in Katanagatari 03


March 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

They are not disarmed. They are free. They have their weapons, and they have their pride. It’s up to them if they put them down for a man. That is the true lesson the followers of the shrine must face: to trust a man or trust a man enough to further your own agenda or to lower your defenses in order to do what is right and/for their own happiness.

Thus the dilemma, do you do the right thing or let them into your heart and let them do what they want?

Shichika is an innocent. He has accepted the role as Togame’s sword and has made his decision. When a man loves a woman that is the be all end all of the relationship. To surrender and love someone or something more than you love yourself is to achieve devekluth. Devekluth is an old Kabbalistic concept which is to annihilate yourself and become one with God. To sacrifice who you are to become one with something greater than yourself.

Shichika has made that choice.

I love this person good or bad. I accept the person right or wrong.

It is powerful . It is dangerous. But it does make you more than you can ever be. It’s almost like when you have your first child. Something so exhilarating that you could drown in it and die with no regret.

I think that is how the refugees feel when they came to the shrine and met Tsuruga. To live and die for someone or something even when you have been abused and used by the world up to that point. No matter what you’ve been through you have found something and someone that you can believe in more than yourself.


August 24, 2009

Redmaigo on the Absence of Pillage and Burn in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0


Submitted on 2009/08/24 at 8:36am

I too was waiting on the rape, pillage and burn but then I realize that this is Japan. I don’t think the slide into barbarism would occur as quickly in Tokyo as it did in New Orleans.

It has more to do with the pre-disaster social class and societal behaviors that dictates how people react during a disaster. There is an old saying, “it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already.”

If you are two-legged hyena before the disaster, then your true self will be revealed when the sh** hits the fan.

At first I was amused at the “extreme” reactions of a few Tokyoites after the quake. When someone would cut in line for rations or step on a persons foot and not excuse themselves I was like, “When the going gets tough, the tough get rude?”

But I realized that the people of Tokyo wouldn’t turn into a violent mob overnight. As you pointed out, during most disasters everyone helps each other.

Of course Japan is used to natural disasters. It has been ingrained in their national psyche since time immemorial. I guess that helps in the short run.

Shikata nai ne?

If things remained this way over a period of time then I can see where things could go Grave of the Fireflies, but not just yet. Since this show is only one cour long lets enjoy this slice-of-life disaster show for what it is.