Aaaanyway. We noticed a review of Nabari no Ou...what was it? Thirteen? It was the second-to-last volume. But the point is, it's been out for a while now (we've had a couple of comp copies for a while now, too, but we never know when we get those in relation to release dates--sometimes we get them early, sometimes late, sometimes right around the release date), which means people have read it and we can talk about it. The main thing is I wanted to bring it up around the same time we saw Brave, because both of them have this problem in that they seem to assume that their audiences will just go along with whatever they say, because obviously we all think the same way.
The big, gigantic, shocking, oh-my-goodness-how-could-a-past-be-that-terrible spoiler is that Miharu was supposed to be dead. ...Uh...'kay? It's true, Kamatani-sensei did put a little tiny bit of an explanation in there, in the form of a flashback to Tobari talking to his grandfather about bringing people back from the dead, and how everybody knows that's wrong. He even said something like, "I may be just a kid, but even I know that!" There's no explanation why. Just, "It's wrong. Everybody knows it's wrong, so it must be wrong, right?" And since everybody knows it's wrong, everyone is going to be shocked! SHOCKED! to find out what a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing Asahi did however many years ago it was. And we were like, "Uh...huh."
The problem may be in that we read too much fiction, where people come back to life all the time. Like, seriously. All the time. ...Actually, come to think of it, I guess it doesn't happen that much in the stuff we've experienced. Mostly just Sailor Moon.
But the other thing is that our whole belief system totally allows for people coming back from the dead, and not just as zombies. You've all heard of Lazarus, right? And he's not even the only one. And this story (back to Nabari no Ou now) is fiction, and involves a secret art that can do anything! Anything, for crying out loud! I guess one of the main themes of the series is "just because you can do anything doesn't mean you should," a theme that is weakly carried across with the angst of Kouichi and whatshername. Shijima? I think it was Shijima. Eheh...you can tell this series wasn't a big favorite. Sorry, series!
Still, because of my belief system again, I just can't help but feel like if something like the Shinra Banshou was allowed to exist, that means it's allowed to be used. But on the other hand, I feel like it would only be allowed to be used by someone who has proven that they're a good enough person to not use it in horrible evil ways, and the selection process for Shinra Banshou users seems pretty arbitrary. So in that sense, maybe it makes sense that "it shouldn't exist," but then how did it come to exist in the first place? So many questions!
Anyway, the point is, you have to realize that not everybody is in your head, so you have to explain stuff or it won't make sense. If the point is for it not to make sense, that's one thing, but...see, we had a friend who was writing a story, and we'd read it and say, "So, um, this part didn't make a whole lot of sense..." and her replies basically boiled down to, "Oh, that's just because you're not in my head! But if you're in my head like the rest of my readers, it'll be fine." So we just had to have faith that it would all make sense by the end, but it was never finished.
Right, and somehow that was all supposed to tie in to Brave. In Brave, it seems like the filmmakers assume that the entire audience will understand everything Merida is feeling, and will sympathize with her automatically, so when Elinor decides that yes, Merida was right after all, there didn't need to be any logical progression to that point, because everybody already knew all along that Merida was right. And we were like, "Um...why does she think Merida was right again?"
So the other point is, since not everybody automatically thinks the same way, it's important to consider these facts and try to communicate properly so we can all be on the same page. ...Or something.
Today I'm thankful for getting to check out some new anime, Mizusawa finally finally finally being done with that match against the girls' school in Chihayafuru, the super cute little sparrow on the tree outside, being done with laundry, and finally remembering to watch some more Space Brothers.