And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
'Now you shall die,
Now none shall know.'
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
--John M. Ford, The Final Reflection

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Thoughts On School Days, Post Episode 11

This picture about sums up what I think of Itou Makoto, lead male of School Days.

I think part of the appeal of School Days for me is the schadenfreude element of it. I'm getting a sick, sadistic pleasure out of watching the inevitable train wreck that will be the ending of it. If my guess is correct, that idiot is going to die, die, die, and it'll be a happy ending for the show. Any ending where this bastard actually lives is going to be a severe disappointment and living proof that there is no damn justice in the world, even in fiction!

Here's a working recap of pretty much all his offenses.

However, for me, the real problem lies in his blatant inability to see his own fault in this whole mess. He's effectively ruined Sekai's life with what he's done, ostracized his old friend Otome, used and discarded Setsuna and Hikari like they were tissues, and from the way episode 11 ended, he's on his way to ruining Kotonoha as well. Although technically, I think he's already done that in an indirect manner, getting her raped by Sawanaga and ruining her fragile emotional state. The sad part is that, prior to Sekai getting pregnant, all the girls on the show seemed to be falling head over heels for the despicable little rat.

About the only good thing he's done so far is to apologize to Kotonoha. And that only came about because he thought his actions had driven her batshit insane, which they did. Sure, his apology has managed to bring Kotonoha back from the brink of being the psychotic killer that she could have become (somehow, the sight of her fondling a kitchen knife is not all that scary to me, however), but how long is that going to last? Knowing Makoto, he's going to do something utterly and inexcusably stupid and Kotonoha snaps again.

Right now, I'd want to see Sekai kill Makoto for going back to Kotonoha and breaking her heart. Never mind the fact that her believing Kotonoha stole Makoto from her is basically what she did to Kotonoha earlier on. After getting a knife to the gut, Sekai snaps back to reality and runs. Kotonoha, however, catches on to this and snaps, tracking down and killing Sekai in the process. And after that, she completely breaks down mentally.

Yes, that's what I think is going to happen at the end. I do have a little wishful thinking that Kotonoha still continues to attend school despite having broken down completely, with Otome changing from bully to supportive friend. Possibly even lover. Yes, wishful thinking in the extreme. Still, it would be oddly appropriate, considering the nature of the show.

Oh, and someone please find me and shoot me. Dead.

I'm listening to the soundtrack of High School Musical.

Shoot me.

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