The undeniable hit of the summer season, Lycoris Recoil was generally satisfied with being a piece of anime’s life in the scenery of science fiction.While many episodes contained stylish struggle and shooting scenes, friendship and personal development of Chisato and such were the emotional core of the series, causing the flood of fanarts and
Unexplicable transformation “POOP Parfait” in MEM
.But in the whole series, and especially in the second half, Lycoris Recoil raised more serious topics, especially in relation to how the state authorities protect national security.One of the most fascinating aspects of the spectacle is the basic (and not so far unresolved) paradox of his scenery: calm, utopian Japan maintained by Direct Attack (“DA”), a secret police, which, if public opinion knows, does not exist.
The background of “techno-utopia/police-distinity” has been the basis of science fiction for at least a century.Civilizations in novels such as the new wonderful world and in films such as V like Vendetta and balance are perfectly ordered and peaceful, at least in theory, because the state authorities impose harsh restrictions on what public opinion can say, do and even think.In practice, the reality of these imaginary utopias is much more gloomy.Citizens who understand the situation live in constant fear of silence or censorship, and some of them invariably create resistance movements to either taste individuality away from the watchful eyes of the state, or plan a rebellion that will overthrow all order.An arrangement emerges in which a powerful political elite is against ordinary citizens who allegedly rule.
Almost generally, these works assume that the conversion of personal freedom into peace and order is unacceptable, and most recipients will identify with resistance to power, not with authority itself.Who in their right mind would be, for example, an apologist of the “Big Brother” from 1984 or interpreted the rebellion of Star Wars as something other than a noble, heroic case?On the other hand, Lycoris Recoil complicates this traditional setting, undermining the usual arrangement: DA and its agents are protagonists, the resistance trying to overthrow them is antagonists, and the series refused to support seriously for either side.Second, at least for now.The result is with good intentions, but a problematic state agency, fighting with good intentions, but a defective reaction movement, and a story that really engages in issues of power, security and political power.
From the very beginning, Lycoris Recoil assumes futuristic Tokyo without crime and violence.The task of protecting the society falls mainly on highly trained officers will be known as “lycoris”, and the heroes of the series, Chisato and Takina, are the two best agents of the organization.Having a sophisticated intelligence apparatus and huge resources, DA and Lycoris are designed to preventive elimination of threats to Japan’s national security – usually through deadly strength – before an attack can be carried out.As a result, Japan has been the best place in the world in terms of public security for eight years in a row.However, Da faces the first real challenge when the illegal weapon trade ends in failure and hundreds of weapons die.A man behind the transaction, Majima, turns out to be a smaller element of a larger plan, but he has his own plan.
Presenting a secret police, such as DA, as good guys, some obvious challenges and works only in Lycoris Recoil, because DA is basically presented as an anti -terrorist agency, which is very good at what he does.In the initial assembly of the first episode, with the accompaniment of the happier possible music, the threats they eliminated are the most obvious villains – masked terrorists with suitcase bombs, gangsters with knives and the like.This is a neat arrangement, because the bad is removed, and life goes on to the audience, which remains unaware of both lycoris and those whom they silence.
Lycoris Recoil – Episode 1, “It’s easy to do”
Regardless of how orderly their operations can be, nature itself still causes clear anxiety. They act as a fully autonomous entity, free of supervision, and all responsibility for its actions takes place internally. They also believe that their methods are completely acceptable and even virtuous, and they strongly believe that the goals sanctify the means. It is not surprising that many of its members confirm all this and undoubtedly defends the activities and protocols, but often their rationalization can be as disturbing as the organization itself. Take, for example, the statement of the commander of Lycoris, Kusunoki in episode 10, that members will “exceed government structures” and “cultivate the peace and morality of the nation”, and even opening the narrative of Chisato: “We cannot allow people who disturb our society” – all of them – all These statements have ominous, almost authoritarian tone, which stinks with a sense of his own right. Perhaps the most disturbing is, however, that public opinion is not aware of the existence of DA at all. Da is not only running in keeping her actions secret, but when the violence of their surgery is poured on public eyes – as is the case with a bombing on the train in episode 4 – government information media quickly hide it with false reports.
Until now, the only consequence of these missions and hiding information was the continuous ignorance of the public about DA. The life of average people has not been directly violated, and it can even be argued that covering is necessary to prevent panic. Despite this, it is not difficult to imagine the abuse of such a huge power in the wrong circumstances. “The wolf will still be a wolf, even if he didn’t eat your sheep,” says the old proverb. The indisputable verdict of “guilt” issued by the secret police works well when the suspect is openly guilty; Much less if someone is wrongly accused or found guilty for more subjective reasons. In the world of Lycoris Recoil, public opinion works only in the blind faith that DA and Lycoris agents have the correct intelligence data. However, if it is wrong, they can simply go to the next mission, while the victims simply have to live with precipitation – assuming that they are alive at all.
These potential threats resulting from uncontrolled power and authority DA do not die in Majim, a mercenary who serves as the main antagonist in the whole series. Initially recruited by Shinji Yoshimatsu, an influential businessman to lure Chisato outside for his own purposes, Majima uses this work as an opportunity for a personal statement about the current status of Japan. He claims that the room created by DA is artificial because it is maintained by violence and control. He says that peace is “something that is not given to [people], but something they have to win and earn.” Breaking into a broadcast celebrating the newly completed Encubne Tower in Tokyo, the latest symbol of her recent prosperity, Majima reveals the public opinion the existence of Da and Lycoris, aimed at destroying the entire organization. To help the second part of his plan, he places hundreds of weapons, which he purchased as part of the arms transaction throughout Tokyo, so that civilians can find and use it at their own discretion.
Lycoris Recoil – Episode 10, “Sight for evil with evil”
It is true that you can’t call a hero and even a protagonist, no matter how he rightly looks.He is fully willing to accept civilian victims and kill Lycoris girls to prove his right, and there is no real plan to the world “PO Da”, only the controlled chaos of his current plan.It is also difficult to see any sensible reason for accidental flooding of Japan with weapons.He claims that they are used to protect society, but the unsophisticated civilians with weapons can hardly defend themselves against DA.Instead, it seems that he is more motivated by his personal reluctance to status quo and the desire to shake matters – this is not a heroic or constructive matter.And his excuses for his actions – he claims that “he is trying to regain a more natural world” and “only balancing things” – are at best subjective.
Despite his erroneous reasoning, we cannot be called an ordinary bad man, because he realizes how important it is to tell the truth of power.Indeed, the concept of truth is one of its biggest problems in the whole series, because it warns against the fragility of a room based on the fraud sponsored by the state and ignorance of the public about the huge imbalance between the government and its citizens.Finally, if a state -owned entity, as DA, is improperly handled with its power, even unintentionally, and the burden of the damage is borne by innocent people, what lever must be exerted to the public, to attract, if they were deceived, if they were cheated to believe that they would not believe that they would notexists at all?
Lycoris jet – Episode 10, “Sight with evil for evil” Lycoris Recoil – Episode 11, “Diamond cut”
Majima also draws attention to the ruthlessness of the methods in her public speeches: he reveals that every year about 3,000 people die without a trace and openly questions how much of these DA is responsible. In addition to the indisputable “guilty” judgments, she apparently decided that erasing is the only way to deal with those he considers a threat, but it is difficult to accept that the agency with such an indelible and repressive view of justice simply “cares for peace and morality of the nation “. You can only wonder how many of the goals could be reformed if you get a trial, stay in prison or rehabilitation. And although he can claim that he has moral superiority, every organization that believes in its own infallibility and stiffly observes its protocols, is potentially blind for their own mistakes and weaknesses, even if everyone else see them. When Majima refers to Da as “those who think that they are God,” he is not completely wrong.
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, Lycoris Recoil seems to be intended for continuation, especially since the finale of the season showed that Majima has opened a can of Pandora that cannot be closed so easily. There are still hundreds of weapons in Tokyo, some of which have already been used with devastating effects. And even with the revisionism of the State Press Agency, Majima’s programs revealed Da and Lycoris to millions of people, so conversations and rumors will certainly be continued. In the current state of affairs, the series effectively presented the DA and Majima point of view, without throwing herself on either side – even if the exchange of sentences we have and Kusunoki “you are a villain/no, you are a villain” in episode 10 hit me personally as an excessive simplification and a bit of a excitement . But if the second season decides to examine the consequences of uncontrolled power deeper – imagine, for example, a story thread in which the Operation DA causes more public damage than good – then Lycoris Recoil will probably be remembered much more than just “Pop Parfait”.
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