I literally can't find a place to start to ask about this show anymore. This has by far been the most confusing and mind-boggling show I've ever tried to understand. Within 30 minutes of thinking if the show in retrospect, I remembered some general issues and topics that the show tried to delve into:
- complacence with segregation
- the fear of needing others for help
- forgiving yourself for a sin you committed
- contributing to one's community
- religious undertones
- Christian imagery
- forbidden relationships
- dealing with one's sin
- an ultimately dystopian future
- resemblance of prison
- hiding the truth
- alien lifeforms
- premonition and fate
- inevitability of death
I think that the writer forgot what he was writing about each episode, so he just jumbled together certain aspects from the list above in all of the episodes. No one topic is covered through the entire series, as far as I can tell. The undertones are literally all over the place!
Truth be told, I originally thought of this series as a representation of Purgatory and the Day of Flight as a representation of the haibanes' acceptance into Heaven. However, the main thing that stop me from thinking of this show as any sort of religious allegory was the fact that the people around town don't look like they were those who missed their "Flight Day"; those people are excommunicated from both humans and the haibane and cursed to live the rest of their days alone. Currently, I've been thinking of the area within the walls as a representation of prison and the haibane were either crazy people who think the other people are happy to let them into their lives or those on Death Row inmates, while those who inhabit the temple are more like the prison guards. However, the whole notion of those who miss their Flight Day makes no sense.
I've been questioning the contents of the Bible for years, and to this day it makes no logical sense to me. Maybe, much like the Bible, you should merely take what you can understand and what helps you though your life and leave the rest for others to decipher.