No. 6 7 – OMG SO GAAAAAAAAAAY
Just kidding lolololololol. I don’t want to pay the homophobes too much lip service (lol), but only a really silly, insecure person could possibly be disgusted by this scene. Not that any of those people visit this site. (Or, if they do, then they’ve been unusually quiet for being such loudmouth idiots.)
Anyway, with both Shion and Nezumi being up front with each other, that adds another dimension to everything. Or does it? If Nezumi has indeed kept Shion’s lesson with him his whole life, then was his plan ever truly to destroy No. 6 from the inside out? It seems contradictory that Nezumi would claim never to have forgotten the lesson that Shion taught him — that there do indeed exist people kind enough to help each other — but also to plan the destruction of the city he so despises. However, is it really so? Perhaps it isn’t, from Nezumi’s point of view.
E-Minor’s post on the “good guy ideology” is pertinent here. Nezumi sees good in Shion, because Shion has shown him good; he has shown Nezumi that not all people are bad. Even though Shion is a born and bred resident of No. 6 (or was, anyway), he’s given Nezumi reason to believe he’s a good person and thus, fall outside his “No. 6 SHALL DIIIIIIIIIIIE” shit list. (Personally, I’m of the belief that Nezumi wouldn’t have killed Shion even if Shion had gone against him.) Nezumi doesn’t know Safu, but she’s an individual who is Shion Approved, so it’s not that much of a stretch that he would risk himself to rescue her, especially if his newfound feelings are making him all confused and such.
But the whole of No. 6? You know the old saying: “The death of one is a tragedy; the death of a million is just a statistic.” Safu has a name and face and clear meaning for Shion; thus, she has the same for Nezumi (or something similar, anyway). No. 6 is still an empty mass of faces, as far as Nezumi is concerned — notice that he never said he was changing his plans regarding No. 6, even after Shion brought the city up during the final scene of the episode. (Which was quite fantastic and emotional, btw — that’s how you hit high notes with emotion, and not that bullshit Kamisama Dolls pulled this week.) Being with Shion for an extended period of time has softened Nezumi to the point where he can see individual good through Shion’s eyes, but I’d bet that Nezumi still views No. 6 through his narrow, “man, FUCK this city” glasses.
There’s really no reason for him to feel any differently, right? That anger was ingrained fairly strongly in Nezumi from the start of the series. When people have that kind of hatred bubbling away inside them, it doesn’t change that quickly. While it may seem that Nezumi has shifted his tune, I’m skeptical that this is the case at the moment.
Then again, there’s always the possibility that this development is BONES looking at how many episodes they have remaining, going, “OH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK” and having Nezumi undergo a change of heart to have more room for development at the end. I guess we’ll see what happens in the stretch run! The execution of this episode at least has me somewhat confident that whatever changes we’re seeing in Nezumi are carefully crafted.
Yeah, scroll past that shit one more time!