Can’t get much more Morrison-ian than a supehero basically going to heaven, meeting his creator and learning that he might be existing in multiple real and fictional realities at once (right?).
I had to double-check the episode listing to make sure this wasn’t the finale. It felt like one, for sure, and there aren’t a lot of places to go after you’ve reshaped the universe. My thesis was that the show, post-Guillotine Gorilla, has been Samumenco’s dream of where he wanted his vigilante career to lead - - and that's proven to be about 75% right. Turns out it’s been literal wish fulfilment (in a twist making me think of the ending to A.I. – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), so I’m confident my next guess will be more-or-less correct.
So… my best stab is that the show will actually go where superhero series can ever go; even though such a place is harped upon continually in their characters’ mission statements.
Much like MADOKA MAGICA teased at its ending, we’re going to see the boring-by-comparison tranquility a superhero would have to live in if he ever fulfilled his promise to vanquish all evil. Fittingly, this will make the structure of this show somewhat symmetrical, as we’ll be back to slice-of-life dramedy in the first few episodes, only this time with the question of “where could this possible go?” being rather concretely answered.
The funny part is that - - as a fan who’s often had too much on his hands - - I’ve wondered about this genre on many of the same levels that are being addressed so existentially here. Pump your fist for anime, because this show does finally take it there. But, in doing so, it makes you realize why it’s better that most of these adventures never do take it there. Once you start drawing a complicated thesis about how all these events are happening everywhere, it all becomes inconsequential by design... and less interesting for it.
So then maybe we’re all actually supposed to be like Samumenco? Hearts bigger than our brains? Go by our feelings of what’s right, and not think too hard?
AAAAAH! I feel like a dog chasing his tail with this analysis.
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