Special Guest Star Eren Jaeger! Will he defeat the Well Dressed Titan?!
Welcome back to the Gotou Islands! Though I am certain the show takes place on Fukue-shiima, the archipelago does have an island called Naru…
The Return of the Myna Birds
Taste is relative. As are opinions. So what denotes anything that is high grade? Well, demand is as good an indicator as any, but then, dial back to where the demand began, and you may see how tastes shape fashion. This is all very well and good, but how does this even get close to Naru tackling three grown men into the ocean? It doesn’t. But it does lead us back to the themes explored in the first two episodes, that of imitation. Fashion is one person’s whim and many other’s imitation. Long story short; I love snapper sashimi, and prefer my mackerel grilled. There really isn’t such a thing as the Fashion Police, but we do rather go on is if there is a very real station down the way, filled with finely coiffed gentlemen with tape measures, assessing the length of our trousers, and the cut of our shirts. As if there is a standard that is somehow enforced by natural law, like a pencil always falling to ground when dropped instead of floating.
Eren Jaeger, master of the shoal!
Like many other Kaji Yuki’s callow youth characters, it does take a bit to get accustomed to Kousuke. But rather than the one that knows he’s way behind the curve and whines to catch up, it’s much more fun and interesting to see a kid think he is tops in everything and whine while being pulled back down to earth. I love how that exchange between him and Miwa basically devolved to his histrionics fully caught in rocks. Meanwhile, the act of scattering bait to attract bottom feeders in shallow water, and using hooks to catch the school during feeding frenzy had quite a bit to say about how we attract attention to our other works. Art being the work in question here. Become popular, and many that have no knowledge of you will assume you are popular just by association and word of mouth. Prizes can be pitfalls…
Yes, sensei, you used mackerel to spell snapper. No points, dude…..
To me the fullness of this story only hits it’s true depths by the end. With our islanderss bidding goodbye to the city dwellers, we are told full stop by the Mayor that this visit did a great deal to stir up the kids. Hiroshii is looking at the horizon, with Miwa looking at him. Naru of course brings him back to earth with a well place orange drink spill. Kousuke is willing to come back and visit after having seen just how Handa-sensei is fully enraptured by a new perspective on the island. His hand twitches to create. Art happens no matter what. We are hard wired for it. And for the selling of it, it seems….
“Most of us only find our own voices after sounding like a lot of other people” – Neil Gaiman from the above link. We saw a chain happening in this episode. From Handa-sensei to Kousuke, but only with that link really starting with Handa’s father, as way said by Kawafuji; and it could be implied that even Handa-san is linked to one in his past. Now the chain could keep going, adding link upon link in it’s time, or the chain could be broken. Traditional, that has one prizes, or the unconventional, that commands attention.You could be convinced to split the difference and have many chains linked in a little dance. But you can have too many hooks on the line, watching the hisan-iwo get away, if I may glide around on metaphors on a quiet breeze. What did you folks think?