No. 6 10
Being duglong is suffering…
As I said last post (seriously, I don’t know if anybody even reads these posts so I don’t know whether to repeat what I said or say something new), Inukashi also gets a lot of focus as a person facing GENDER IDENTITY CRISIS, except not really. Being brought up by dogs and away from human society really takes a toll on your societal instincts – where in our current society, we don’t randomly kill animals, we automatically say please and thank you and hold open doors for people and move to the back of the bus, we talk politely and don’t punch other people in the face, in a primal society, people randomly kill animals, never hold open doors for people (what’s a door?), don’t talk (politely or otherwise), do punch people in the face, and haven’t even invented buses. That sentence was confusing as heck because I don’t know whether to put verbs in front of every item or just leave it at the very front and assume each item stems off that verb. I would have studied grammar and English but I took essay writing instead, and so my grammar sucks and is American (i.e. it sucks), while my spelling is awesome and is Canadian (i.e. it’s awesome), mainly because I have built-in spellcheck on my WordPress.
Some minor things this episode. I felt more sick at Shion’s extremely realistic barfing sounds than at the piles and piles of bodies. To me, they just looked like beanbags, but I’m sure they felt much more alive to Shion. How did Shion and Nezumi escape CERTAIN DEATH anyways? Or was everybody just dumped there and all of them died on impact besides Nezumi because his coat was an OVERCOAT and was thus OVER a COAT and shielded him, allowing them to climb the giant pile of dead bodies that somehow stays in a pile instead of falling over?
I really don’t get this part. Why would they throw away Safu’s grandmother’s knitting needle, but keep her body? It makes absolutely no sense. It’s better just to kill Safu’s grandmother immediately after she goes in the nursing home, instead of keeping her alive for so long and then killing her. Even better – make the nursing home into a suicide booth, so Safu’s grandmother can exercise free will. And best of all – the Twilight House could just be a normal nursing home. Seriously, what the fuck is with making nursing homes evil? I understand how No. 6’s government is SUPER SUPPER EVIL and that DUMPING LIVE PEOPLE INTO YOUR TOP-SECRET SCIENTIFIC FACILITY IS A COOL THING TO DO, but that doesn’t make No. 6’s NURSING HOMES evil…
Likewise, Lili’s ‘SOMETHING’S OUT THERE D: SUPPER SAD FACE WHERE’S MY SUPER I’M HUNGRY’ had nothing to do with the plot at all. While dogs are able to sense earthquakes before humans, kids don’t sense ‘badness’ before adults… the only logical explanation for her remark is that SHE’S A DISSENTER WHO DOESN’T CELEBRATE HOLY DAY AS CONTENT CITIZENS SHOULD (i.e. she’s a kid and kids say the opposite of what they really think just for fun). There’s another ‘logical’ explanation too, which is her being another MANIFESTATION OF ELYURIAS, but introducing her as such in the LAST EPISODE would be akin to that episode introducing Elyurias – stupid and from absolutely nowhere at all. I know that the novels might be able to develop these concepts with many hints and foreshadows, but the anime didn’t do that at all. It’s like Bleach – you start out with this guy who’s just fighting evil spirits, and suddenly CONSPIRACY IN HEAVEN, OH NO A CAPTAIN BECAME EVIL GUY AND NOW HE’S GOD, WOW SPIRITS BECAME MORE EVILLER, WAIT THERE ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE SPIRITS WERE HUMANS WERE SPIRITS WERE HUMANS AND WE’VE NEVER HEARD OF THEM BEFORE never mind they’re gone, WAIT WAIT NOW THERE ARE THESE HUMANS WHO WERE SPIRITS BUT LOST THEIR SPIRIT POWER BUT GAINED A NEW POWER AND THEY’VE NEVER MATTERED EVER BEFORE AND WEREN’T EVEN HINTED TO BUT THEY SOMEHOW HAPPENED TO APPEAR ALRIGHT JUST DEAL WITH IT
It was pretty obvious from the start that Safu would be Elyurias would be Safu was Nezumi will be Lili?!?! Elyurias feels much more EVIL than the scientists working in the facility. There are so many people working in the facility, and they don’t look like they’re pressured to work at all. This means that none of them have defected or anything, and in fact scientists are willing to work on this project, and may even have a strong moral purpose to do so. Shion and Nezumi are like those animal activists who sabotaged research projects simply because /they/ felt it was immoral.
I wonder if Shion’s personality changed, or whether Elyurias was EVILLY influencing him? He becomes a lot more SCIENCE LET’S GO when dead people are gone, as he feels at home in a controlled, laboratory situation. He was rather emotionally strange from the get-go – even as a child in episode one, he was rather quirky with his calm acceptance of Nezumi’s sudden entrance and the like.
Yet, when he kills the captain, even his scientific personality is gone. He looks like Luca from Hand x Red, and I’m about 300% sure that that is not his true personality coming through. Is it because of the bees, again (remember his sudden temper towards Rikiga when they first met)? Is it because of Elyurias? Does Elyurias control the bees as a manifestation of Safu’s subconsciousness? Or did the shock of the facility just completely change him?
At the end, No. 6 is about change – physical change, chemical change, mental change, emotional change. Political change, climate change, atmosphere change, personality change. No. 6 is about changing, and that’s what’s going to happen to No. 6. A totalitarian state cannot remain a totalitarian state forever (not even in 1984), just as a feudal state cannot remain a feudal state forever and a capitalistic state cannot remain a capitalistic state forever.
No. 6 will change, because it has to change, and will keep on changing.
tl;dr: Safu’s eyes are the eyes of EVIL. I wonder if Nezumi was experimented on when he was a child as well? Uhhh also Shion is mad bro stop staring at bunnies they’ll lunatic your soul
P.S. Those guards look like they’re Naruto ninjas…