You know the ways robins like to pose for photos? They will stand on the handle of a spade stuck into the ground with a snowy landscape pictured perfectly behind it, jutting out its chest proudly. It’s simply begging for you to rush now and get your camera to take a photo. So you run off, get your camera, get the bird perfectly in the viewfinder. You then realise the lens isn’t open or something is slightly off, so you get it working and put the bird back into the viewfinder again and then the bird flies off, laughing at you and shitting on your car. That’s what Benten does all the bloody time. Sitting on the windowsill, gazing longingly at the moon. Standing behind the leaves, letting the light shine behind her. The big show off.
I’ve been putting off writing this post, and starting off with some dumb spiel about robins, because I’m honestly at a bit of a loss. I don’t understand the characters and how they’re thinking anymore. The main character says he’s sad that his dad was eaten, but he says it with such an unemotional voice and is fairly content chatting to the guy who ate him I struggle to believe that he feels anything. I get that there’s supposed to be a conflict of emotions within him, but from his actions I’m not seeing that conflict. The two sides are cancelling each other out leaving this character who remains blank throughout his scenes.
I’m struggling even more with what on earth the show is trying to say with the whole eating his dad thing. You love something so much you want to destroy it? I don’t know what it is an unassuming old dude like him would want to destroy in his life. Is it some weird way of putting in a vegetarian message? That seems highly unlikely. Something about how our love with our heritage, in this case the folklore surrounding tengu and tanaki, causes us to destroy them? Leaving it as it just being people who love tanuki so much that they love eating them neither makes sense nor is particularly interesting. The more we go into this story, the less I feel like I understand the people involved.
So this post will have to be cut short. I don’t know what to say because I don’t understand what’s going on because I’m too stupid.