Light and Darkness

While I am not a hardcore Star Wars fan, I am quite fascinated by the conflict between the Jedi and Sith. While initially portrayed as a battle of the side of good and the side of evil, in the end, it’s all about philosophy and perspective.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

– The Sith Code

Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.
Passion, yet serenity.
Chaos, yet harmony.
Death, yet the Force.

– The Jedi Code

If I recall correctly, Sonora mentioned how Rin changed after their master died. To the point that Rin blames it all to weakness. While I initially thought that Rin perhaps blames her master’s weakness, this episode made me think otherwise.

What is weakness?

I think Rin never thought of her master as being weak but rather, sees the weakness of the human heart that causes people to hurt each other. It’s a fancy thought considering it was never revealed how their master died but her line of thinking reveals what she truly feels on the matter.

The concept of a soldier’s mentality is quite general and vague. For some, it values honor and dignity, with the mentality to put one’s life on the line for the sake of one’s country but I question, do most who enlist as soldiers do so for the sake of their devotion to their country?

I think Yura’s behaviour is a hint to this concept. As Rin puts it, Yura’s claim of victory is her means of affirming her existence, to confirm to that she has changed. Rin on the other hand values victory. It may be a play of words but there is a difference between one fighting for victory with one fighting to have victory.

And I guess that is Yura’s soldier’s mentality. Are soldiers soldiers because they can kill their enemies or because they have a will to their duty?

People who bring discipline to the board are tyrants. To them, that’s probably what Yura became. To us, knowing how things are going in Yura’s head, tyranny probably hit spot on. Remember, Rin was strict in disciplining her members but she’s no tyrant. She even came to the aid of her injured member last episode. A genuine concern for a fellow human being is not one trait of tyranny afaik.

But that fits Yura perfectly. It’s not that Rento didn’t reveal her injury but the fact that Yura acted blindly to achieve victory makes her a tyrant. Her lack of awareness for her team’s well-being is a sign of tyranny. Forcing them to train may be discipline but failing to notice the strengths and focus on the weaknesses of her friends is just plain wrong.

With Choujirou setting Yura back, will she finally be able to redeem herself?

1 Comment (+add yours?)

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    Sep 16, 2013 @ 03:38:13

    Interesting take on the Sith and Jedi comparison.

    Well, Yura’s problem (like most pessimistic people) was focusing on the negative or the “weakness”, rather than the positive or “strengths”, when things don’t look good. Just as she focused on the weakness of her friends, she also focused on her own weaknesses when she realised her own faults.

    Two more episodes to go I think? Should be interesting to see where this goes at the end. I did not anticipated this show to have such a deep introspective (and rather dark) portrayal when it first started (though there were clues that are rather obvious in hindsight ^^; ). I was expecting another silly comedy with some drama on the side, though I guess this was interesting even if I had doubts about it half way through with some of the weaker episodes.

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