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The Unforgettable Episode of Scum’s Wish

May 24, 2017 Leave a comment

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A little more than a season ago, there was an anime that caught my interest despite the fact it took place in one of my most hated settings, school. That show was none other than Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai). Prior to its anime adaptation announcement, I’ve read some of the manga out of boredom. What got my attention was the mature content that was very unexpected, then again, after seeing Yosuga no Sora and School Days many years back, I shouldn’t really be surprised. But it was quite rare and refreshing to see those in contrast to the typical cliche school genre anime.

I’m not gonna talk about the synopsis here since you can read that here instead. What I really want to write about is the penultimate episode that redeemed the whole show for me. In the first couple episodes, Scum’s Wish was pretty decent. As episodes went by, the show became very frustrating to watch thanks to unlikeable characters and internal exposition nonsense. Then episode 11 happened. Here’s the brief tale of it. Narumi, knowing Akane’s a complete slut (and a scumbag), accepts her for who she is. Because of his unconditional love for her, she’s completely awestruck never having experience this kind of love and bursts into tears finally knowing someone who truly cares for someone like her despite of what she’s done.

Why this episode stood out to me, you might ask? Thematically, it felt very biblical to me. This type of love story reminded me of the Book of Hosea from the Old Testament of the bible. The first 3 chapters of that book, God commands the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomar and have children with her. This may seem odd from a reputable and social status standpoint but there’s a symbolic reason for this. So after Gomar conceives 3 children, she leaves Hosea to return to her adulterous life. While she was out there cheating on Hosea, God commands him to go after her and show his love to her. During this moment, you can speculate Gomar was either in a large amount of debt or she enjoys the profession as a prostitute. You can imagine the customers talking amongst themselves when prophet like Hosea being a customer himself wanting a woman like this. He buys her back and redeems her. I’m sure someone who couldn’t comprehend the situation would asked Hosea, “For a holy man such as yourself, how could love an adulterous woman?” And Hosea would most likely respond by saying, “Let me ask you this, how can a holy God like that can still love an adulterous nation like ours?” That’s the symbolic theme. I found this story to be so compelling that I think the book of Hosea is one of the greatest expression of God’s love for mankind. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, he accepts you unconditionally.

So back to Scum’s Wish. Narumi’s reason for his unconditional love is as he described “difficult to explain” and he goes by saying “I just want the person I care about to love a happy life.” It’s an acceptable reason from a secular standpoint. But one thing that matters, Akane has changed for sure and her whoring days are over. She accepted Narumi’s marriage proposal and began her journey in this new life she’s come to embrace. This is the character who went from someone I completely despised to someone who got redeemed. Scum’s Wish isn’t an easy title to recommend since it’s a tough watch, but for this episode, I think the show is worth the consideration.

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