Alejandro Jodorosky, one of my creative idols, may have an impressive breadth of taste, but I simply can’t picture him getting inspired by a shonen series like this without getting the titters over such a ridiculous mental image. All the same, it’s worth commenting that this episode’s premise bears some similarity to a wickedly funny short he wrote for an issue of METAL HURLANT a few years back.
The surrealist yarn featured a little boy who miraculously gained the ability to weep tears of gold and was subsequently exploited by his cash-strapped family until they achieved an opulent lifestyle. At first, they beat the kid to get him crying. Then, after he grows callous to physical abuse, they start inflicting verbal and emotional abuse on him. Once his heart hardens to this, in turn, they then start exposing him to the suffering of the world to get him crying. It all escalates until the boy grows so dead inside that he figures out how to make his tears poison and then tricks his family into drinking them with the empty promise that they’ll grant immortality.
Somehow, I don’t think this dilemma with Hiei’s sister will spin out on such a grim note - - I suppose it all comes down to the fact that she’s weeping pearls instead of liquid gold - - but the notion’s still amusing to a morbid mind like mine.
I’m actually glad to see that this show’s tonal pendulum has swung back to what I preferred so much before - - a better balance between the high school punk shenanigans and the spirit world stuff. Though, I don’t know how well the reveal about Botan’s little white lie holds, even within the logic of this universe. Did Keiko just forget about all the zombies and assorted vermin who were attacking her?
Still, this mutated mob boss’ operation may not be the most epic scheme, but I am more eager to see how these spirit detectives put the hurt on these goons than I was for the Saint beasts.
Look up this episode, "Lamenting Beauty" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.