THIS IS A SEX METAPHOR LIKE SERIOUSLY THEY MAY AS WELL BE BOTH SMOKING CIGARETTES RIGHT NOW
Sorry, I couldn’t think of anything suitably flowery or thoughtful to write about this. I am shamed. It’s an incredible scene, though; Kasuga finally has the opportunity to vent all the insanity and emotions running through him into PURE DESTRUCTION. Who hasn’t wanted to mutilate a classroom at some point? It’s also well clear by now that Kasuga feels some sort of connection with Nakamura, though how deep that is is not for me to say at the moment.
It’s framed like the classic “angel vs. devil” conflict: Saeki on one shoulder pushing Kasuga to be oh so good and pure, to embrace normalcy and mold himself into someone worthy and bland enough for her affection and attention. On the other shoulder is Nakamura, who of course wants Kasuga to destroy anything and everything — the more things that get fucked up, the better. Indulge the darkness! She’s also framing her side as being what people truly want, which may be partially true in Kasuga’s case; however, I don’t think he’s being fake when he says he wants to be a good person. He’s not deliberately censoring a part of himself so that Saeki thinks he is cool. Kasuga did something bad and is afraid to tell her about it, which strikes me as something different.
But, whatever, good and evil . . . or, I suppose, it’s more accurately framed as order vs. chaos. With the way this series has progressed, however, I doubt it’s as simple as that, especially with Saeki viewing Kasuga’s fun times with Nakamura with some suspicion. Is the order she represents truly that orderly? Saeki says that she is a weak person — perhaps she’s telling the truth and is not simply showing humility. Who knows? If this were a normal series, there would be nothing suspicious about what she tells Kasuga. She’s the perfect girl, and she’s fallen in love with the weird nerd! Nothing strange about that! Here, though, ALARMS EVERYWHERE ALART ALART.
Back to this scene, though. Aside from the pure emotion and energy, I love how the scene unfolds visually. I sneaked a peek at the manga (I really should just start reading it alongside the series already!), and while it’s definitely good there, I probably prefer this version. Admittedly, a good chunk of that is due to my visual bias — I love seeing things in motion. Actually seeing the movements of Nakamura and Kasuga as they rip the classroom to shreds makes the scene visceral on an entirely different level for me. (I don’t know how other people read manga, but my imagination tends not to fill in the blanks and insert the motion that is “missing” in drawings (the best manga does a solid job of implying enough motion, anyway). I mostly like admiring panels as drawings in and of themselves and admiring how they all fit together to tell the story.) The dancing in particular really strikes me. What is there to do when the world burns but dance among the destruction? I’m sure that’s how Nakamura would like to leave the world.
I do wonder a little bit if Kasuga is embracing his indulgences to a certain extent, or if he is still sticking on the path of emotional self-flagellation. I could see either, really; not totally sure which Nakamura would enjoy more. She definitely loves Kasuga’s fits of self-torture, but seeing Kasuga flip the switch and become a full-fledged Destroyer of Society would bring no small delight to her world. Neither path really seems particularly great for Kasuga, though, haha.