Natsuyuki Rendezvous 09
Did Rokka’s story vaguely remind anyone else of “The Giving Tree”?
To my disappointment we returned to Thumbelina-verse. But the scene when we got there was a bit…….um…I don’t know. Jarring, for lack of a better word. It was obviously referencing Snow White (which annoys me since it wasn’t another Hans Christian Anderson tale). But I failed to see the purpose of the dwarves. Even without them, it would’ve been obvious as to which story it was.
A little girl lived next to a really old tree. She ate its poisonous root and died, but was reincarnated into a root herself. This is why Atsushi wanted Rokka to eat a bit of his bones; so she can join him in death and rest in peace with her. But the two have different opinions on the ending, hinting that Rokka wants to join Atsushi and the latter wants her to continue living on.
An alternative train of thought would be that Atsushi (or Hazuki depending on the former’s actions) would be reincarnated into a tree.
His existence is suffering to Rokka, Hazuki and himself. I’m reminded of the titular character of the cult classic Donnie Darko. (My subtitle for this episode over at Something Eternal is a song from the film’s soundtrack.) He was supposed to die and didn’t. Well, in Atsushi’s case, stay dead. His selfish actions are simply reopening his wife’s wounds that never completely healed. Of course the big question is will Atsushi, like Donnie, voluntarily go away?
- “But I was a bastard from the moment I wasn’t able to come back alive…” I really like that line.
- I was screaming at the last scene. Good lord.