Finally! A series actually went ahead and did it. There have been countless times when a show, or comic, has teased about showing how boring things would be if the heroes actually defeated all the villains. They never go ahead with it, of course - - precisely because it’d be boring - - and that’s one of the most basic conceits of all this stuff.
So, to pile another comparison point from superhero comics, this portion weirdly enough makes me think of the chapter appendices in WATCHMEN. Specifically, the excerpt from the retired Nite Owl’s biography: wherein he reminisces about when, as a teenager, he saw his boss commit suicide after learning his wife had an affair.
I always thought the point of putting such a lengthy piece of prose on that particular subject into a sprawling superhero epic was to make a comment on the banality of evil. Like, that was a horrible injustice that didn’t involve super-villains, bank robberies or any attempts at world domination. Wasn’t it dramatic enough that a normal man would kill himself after some other normal people broke his heart?
While Hidenori’s constant texting has generally been played for laughs - - the SAMURAI FLAMENCO equivalent of a Canadian girlfriend, perhaps - - there always did seem to be something fishy about it. Now that the secret’s been revealed, it’s proven to be probably the most realistic part of this whole series.
If you’ve ever dealt with anybody who’s gotten caught engaging in outlandishly depressive behavior like this, it’s always a shock because they do such a good job of hiding it. There are no clues in the rest of their life that make them look like anything but sensible, well-adjusted people. Is such a seemingly small, unresolved problem a worst threat than anything Samumenco's dealt with, so far? Well, maybe that’s the point.
Of course, the show fesses up to how it can’t run with banality - - evil or otherwise - - for too long. Call me crazy, but I suspect the explosion at the cliffhanger means we’ll be seeing a return to real superheroics next time.
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