Oi. Chihayafuru was flawless until now. And it tarnishes its perfection with an absurd faux pas. I guess it’s plausible that one may be intimidated by another of a larger stature in karuta but moments later Lizard-kun invokes race into the equation by implying that he has never seen a black guy.
Unless one is a part of those uncontacted hidden tribes in the Amazon (which Hokkaido does not remotely resemble in any sense), prejudice derived from the skin color of another is simply unforgivable. The identification of color, even at its most benign, is problematic. I can recall my high school teacher once remarking that it is racist to say, “Look at that black kid with the new Adidas.” It’s a completely innocent and natural statement but it underscores the discriminatory culture society has absorbed. The only instance where it makes sense would involve law enforcement unless readers can think of others.
As long as we continue to place labels or assign categories to others and ourselves, mankind will inherently remain divided. It reminds me of an interview with Hyde where he talks about wishing for world peace and why it doesn’t come true. After September 11th, a college professor stated in class that Muslims should be killed. (He made a poor half hearted apology at the next lecture.) And my best friend at the time accused me of being a terrorist for listening to predominantly Japanese music.
We are very fortunately to live in the information age. We have access literally at our fingertips. Everyone can and should educate themselves of other cultures. Failing that, one should not be alarmed upon first encounter with those of another background. Katsucon might have unfolded differently this year had both sides been more accepting.
This incident surrounding Lizard-kun is puzzling and funny because the episode proceeds to depict the story of one group learning about and having fun with another’s culture.
Before we get to the sexiest man in anime history, Tsukue-kun demonstrates the heart of a true gentleman. I almost wanted to jump and yell “He’s so cool!”. Taichi deserves some of the credit as well. He’s really growing in the role of President and effectively the Captain because… Chihaya. It does confirm a point raised by Starburst that Taichi needs to focus more on himself. His noble acts for the team comes at his own expense. Finally, the viewers can safely conclude that Sumire may have picked up karuta for Taichi but her love has expanded beyond into the game.
There’s two things I eagerly look forward to next week. For one, a new character was introduced and she is absolutely endearing in a Chihaya kind of way. For the other, Arata! Only a sexy beast with a deep voice like his can casually state that he lied and still cause one to go weak in the knees. Anyways, as I was saying, excited to gain a glimpse into the history between Arata and Shinobu.