Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider – 07

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This week Saikawa and Moe have very interesting encounters and conversations; I just wish the vehicles for those conversations weren’t, in the case of Moe (at least initially), an overly aggressive otaku researcher Shimada, and in the case of Saikawa, what felt like fifteen years of Kase Yasuyuki and Kaida Yuuko speaking in very rough English. Hey, Anime: If the seiyu isn’t fluent, don’t make them play a fluent character. This. Never. Works.

It’s ironic that Moe ends up plunging into a sensory deprivation chamber, where she’s closed off from the outside world, because the bad English pulled me right out of the world of Subete ga F. It was painful, but I don’t blame the seiyuu; at the end of the day the producers and director have to step in and say this isn’t going to work. I get it; Miki is from America…but why can’t she just speak Japanese? People speak a lot of languages in America.

I don’t want to belabor the point any further; I just hope there’s little to no more such dialogue in the final four episodes. Because the content of the conversation was actually pretty poignant and enlightening. By talking with Saikawa, Miki is able to summon a memory of when she hurt herself, and Shiki told her the human body is only a container for the brain; a mechanism; a doll.

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Miki also suspects that while they never met, Shiki and Saikawa would have gotten along, because she thinks they’re probably pretty similar people, hiding intense emotions behind a cold, sterile exterior. Shimada actually likes how “cold” Saikawa seems, even if Moe says he’s actually very nice. Shimada also likes how warm Moe is, and while she says Moe doesn’t have a chance with someone she deems the opposite “temperature”, it’s not like hot-cold relationships are impossible. Opposites can attract and compliment each other.

Once the English conversation is over, we dive into Moe’s mind, no longer receiving signals from her senses in the deprivation tank. This is what Shiki was getting at: in the tanks, humans shed their bodies and shed the physical world, and the brain takes over, creating worlds from the stuff stored inside. Moe’s dreamscape starts by chasing Saikawa around campus, defying gravity and physics in the process. It’s very light and fun…until Saikawa’s office turns into the room where Moe spoke to Shiki.

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This is where Moe’s trip to the tank seems more than a mere lark by Shimada to see her in a bikini, but a legitimately profound, eye-opening experience. A “dream Shiki” purports to have been “called there” by Moe, where they continue their past conversation. Moe’s parents died in a plane crash, Moe was distraught, and the purple dress she wore that day was thrown out because it had become bloodstained.

Shiki helps Moe remember where that stain came from, which is the same reason Moe was able to survive despite losing everyone dear to her in her life. The blood came from Saikawa, who was there for her. Mad with grief, she struck him in the face, but that didn’t stop him from doing what had to be done, which is simply to hold her and allow her to let it all out. Moe wasn’t alone; she had Saikawa.

Now we know for a certainty why Moe cares for him so much, and stays by his side, and why he won’t reject her, but feels uncomfortable taking things in a romantic direction. Her flashback is a gorgeous sequence that made my heart hurt more than a little, and made up for all the Bad English earlier.

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Shiki seems to be happy for Moe, but at the same time, she pities her and everyone else in the “restricted” physical world, where she’d clearly accomplished everything she thought she could. As more pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the possibility arises that Magata Shiki found a way to leave her physical body behind, and still exists somewhere in or about that lab, or possibly in the digital either. The end credits have been hinting at that all along.

On the other hand, everything Moe experienced was more likely all in her own straying mind. The Shiki she conversed with was really just herself. Sure enough, fifteen years ago, after taking the first steps towards freeing herself from the restrictive world by killing her parents, Shiki predicts that she and Shindo will one day be killed. All they can to in the meantime is “live righteously, believing in human pride.”

Is she speaking of her own pride and Shindo’s, or the pride of those who will eventually kill them?  If it’s the latter, than I imagine Shiki, tired of the physical world, wanted someone to kill her and send her to some other, immortal realm; to true freedom. But is that just death, or something more? And if no one could get in or out, did she kill herself, her body possessed by one of her three alternate personalities?

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Winter 2016 Season Preview Appendix

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While we’re not taking in-depth looks at the upcoming Winter anime themselves, we thought it might be instructive to learn who’s involved in them.

Below we’ve listed past works we’ve seen from the directors and writers, as well as the past (and present) characters of note the seiyuu involved have voiced. Note that we’re only listing shows and characters from shows we’ve watched here at RABUJOI.

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Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei

Directors of: Junketsu no Maria, Bakuman, Joukamachi no Dandelion
Writer of: Jinsei, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, Spice and Wolf, Ore Twintails ni Narimasu, Yosuga no Sora
Key Seiyuu: Ishigami Shizuka (Stella Vermillion, Kajou Ayame, Mito Ikumi)
Ozawa Ari (Kurumi, Toudou Kirin, Sakura Chiyo)

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Ajin

Assistant Director of: Sidonia no Kishi
Director of: Sidonia no Kishi 2

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Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Director of: Sword Art Online I/II

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Dagashi Kashi

Director of: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai I/II
Writers/Series Compositors of: Black Bullet, Bleach, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Gintama, Hanasaku Iroha, Kobato, Naruto, Natsuiro Kiseki, OreShura, Red Data Girl, Rokka no Yuusha, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Sore ga Seiyuu!, Witch Craft Works, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

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Dimension W

Director of: OreShura, Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin, Saekano, Usagi Drop
Writers/Series Compositors of: Darker than Black 1/2, Eureka Seven, Eden of the East, One Week Friends, Oregairu 1/2, Rinne no Lagrange 1/2, Uchoten Kazoku
Key Seiyuu: Ueda Reina (Sekiya Naru, Ootori Ouka), Ono Daisuke (Handa Seishuu, Heiwajima Shizuo)

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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar  

Director of: Nerawareta Gakuen
Key Seiyuu: Hosoya Yoshimasa (Wataya Arara, Kirishima Haruto) Komatsu Mikako (Shiodome Miuna)

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Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru

Script/Series Composition of: Bakuman 1/2/3, Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, Girls und Panzer, Hanayamata, Kimi no Iru Machi, Kobato, Tamayura Hitotose 1/2, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, Witch Craft Works
Key Seiyuu: Sara Emi Bridcutt (Bell Hydra, Yuubari), Saito Soma (Adlet Meyer, Twelve)

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Macross Δ

Director/Creator of: Ao no 6-gou, Aquarion Evol, Escaflowne, Various Macross Works
Script/Series Composition of: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou, Steins;Gate (eps 7, 8, 17, 19, 20)

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Musaigen no Phantom World

Director of: Chu2Koi 1/2, Hibike! Euphonium, Suzumiya Haruhi Yuuutsu/Yuutsu (2009)/Shoushitsu
Script/Series Composition of: Amagi Brilliant Park, Golden Time, Kokoro Connect, Suzumiya Haruhi Yuuutsu/Yuutsu (2009)/Shoushitsu
Key Seiyuu: Uesaka Sumire (Dekomori Sanae, Fubuki), Uchida Maaya (Takanashi Rikka, Ichinose Hajime), Hayami Saori (Hiiragi Shinoa, Ononoki Yotsugi) Shimono Hiro (Kuronuma Aoba, Katsuraki Keima)

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Norn9: Norn+Nonet  

Script/Series Composition of: Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam SEED Destiny, Nijuu Mensou no Musume, Nurarihyon no Mago
Key Seiyuu: Ono Daisuke, Shimono Hiro, Kaji Yuuki, Seto Asami (Ayase Chihaya, Laffinty Fin E Ld Si), Takagaki Ayahi (Erika Karisawa, Mizukoshi Saki)

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Prince of Stride: Alternative

Director of: Hanayamata, No Game No Life
Series Composition of: Haikyuu!!, Usagi Drop
Key Seiyuu: Kimura Ryouhei (Braz D. Blood, L-elf Karlstein), Hanazawa Kana, Okamoto Nobuhiko (Okumura Rin, Saotome Yoichi)

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Schwarzesmarken

Series Composition/Script of: Cross Ange, Toradora! (eps 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20)
Key Seiyuu: Yamamoto Nozomi (Misono Senri, Kusunoki Yukimura), Nanjo Yoshino (Hashiri Nio, Aoi Risa), Tanaka Minami (Hana N. Fountainstand)

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Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu

Director of: NieA Under 7, Steins;Gate, Sukitte Iinayo
Series Composition/Script of: Bakuman, Denpa Onna, Natsuiro Kiseki
Key Seiyuu: Akesaka Satomi (Esdeath, Kurokawa Mari), Toyonaga Toshiyuki (Ryuugamine Mikado, Nagachika Hideyoshi), Hanazawa Kana, Sato Satomi (Chitanda Eru, Tamura Manami)