This episode opens a huge can of worms for the initated. What is this war between the aliens and who is the Dung Beetle that is telling them about this little “game” that they need to do in order to protect the Earth. Where did Zearth, as the children so name it, come from and what is its resting place before all this happened.
What is driving the mecha? Is it fuel? Is it the psychic of the pilot? Or is it something much more cynical that lies from within?
Questions, questions, questions. They all beg for an answer as Bokurano Episode two explains few, but opens up discussion for more.
The media was covering the news on the mecha fight, as well as the earthquake tremors, and the couple shown in the first episode were interviewed as they said that there were monsters fighting, with the news caster saying that the citizens were suffering from shock still. As the children discussed what happened yesterday, the police came and Moji said that they had seen nothing at all, stopping others from saying anything. As they returned to the room, they were talking how the Internet had reports of them fighting, but it was unsubstantial information without evidence.
Moji and Tokosumi were thinking about leaving the game, since it felt so dangerous, but Waku asked why. Moji said it could be passed to the adults, and Komoda said it need not be them. Moji went on to say that it was not a game and he wondered whether we were able to bear the responsibility while they also discussed whether the media could cover it since Tokosumi’s father was a reporter. However, without facts, it was impossible and the cave which they saw the equipment had crumbled down. Suddenly, a plushie-like thing appeared telling them that it was not a dream as everyone was surprised at this floating plushie.
The plushie asked if the kids had any questions, and they jumped right in with various questions at the same time and the plushie stopped them harshly. Eventually, Waku asked who he was and he was Dung Beetle. Various other queries gave the children answers that it was not Kokopelli’s accomplice, and they were unable to escape from this game since they had signed the contract. They were then brought into the inside of the robot, and they found Kokopelli’s spectacles which was fake. Dung Beetle told that the mecha hid inside the sea until it was required to fight. Jun tried to shove Kana away since she did not sign the contract but Dung Beetle said it was all right.
Dung Beetle then informed them that their seats in the cockpit were installed and it was the seat they used at home. The chairs started to revolve around, and Waku heard a voice as Dung Beetle told him that he was chosen as the pilot. It was night time, as everyone was relaxing. Waku was playing soccer outside, and Moji came out to talk to him. Moji asked why Waku stopped playing, and he said that he was part of a champion team but his father never watched the match in the final. With that, his interest waned and he wondered if he was simply wanting to be in the limelight rather than loving soccer.
Waku said he must have looked like someone who wanted attention, acknowledging that Moji did not want to be in the game, but said that he wanted to be an unsung hero. Moji noticed that Waku’s arm had some sign and he wondered what it was. However, they had no time, as yet another enemy appeared, with them being transfered to the cockpit. Waku was able to control the mecha but it was hard nevertheless. They then named the mecha Zearth, since it was THE Earth they were saving. The enemy was a praying mantis-like creature and Waku’s attempt to cast a laser at its head was ineffective. Various attempts were not working as Moji told Waku he was playing too much.
The enemy gripped Zearth very hard, as Moji told Waku that there was a weak joint. Even though Zearth’s arms were gripped, its legs were still free as it knee-struck the enemy and eventually defeated it, using Waku’s skills as a footballer. As the battle was finally over, Waku shouted out loudly in celebration and Jun said he was getting too noisy as Jun gave Waku a very gentle nudge. However, he dropped from the edge and fell down onto the ground. Everyone was shocked as Jun raised his protests and then slapped Kana for absolutely nothing to vent his anger. No one knew what was going on now.
Updated list of alive kids: Click here for the picture
To be honest, my brain is still playing the song “Uninstall”, the OP of Bokurano after watching the ending of the show where Waku plunged to the floor of the sea bed. I have a feeling (a very slow one indeed) that the song in the OP is one of the most excellent build up of the story, one that explains the background danger of this messy and disturbing anime. It gives me a reminder of the OP of Higurashi, another haunting OP that continues to play in my head for a period of time after that blood-shedding show ended. Bokurano’s OP clearly sets the mood up.
I am wondering now whether any of the kids have strong convictions of uninstalling the program, yet despairing because they are unable to do anything to stop it. As described by the song, they are the numbers in a record losing their lives without anyone knowing anything about them. I am sure that Moji has started to question about this deadly “game”, being the most thoughtful among all the children, and I really hope that he stays long enough in the game to soothe tensions before it goes full blown. Moji really impresses me as a character that is very different from the rest and he’s turning out to be the character that catches my eyes the most when he appears.
He seems to be a voice of reason among the impulsive kids that clearly cannot see that this is more than a game, and he is one of the two kids that has been outstanding. Another one is Jun, for being abusive and practically the most insensitive kid around in the whole game. Even if he has some deep sitting hatred over Kana, it is excessive. What kind of brother will treat his own sister that way? I hope he gets thrown into the depths of the battle soon, see his background story and die already. Kana is so cute too.
(I apologize for letting my lolicon instincts coming in…)
Other girls have started to feel some fear in the air as well, and it’s only the thick skulled kids that have no clue and treating it like some fun game that is playing god. I have a feeling that one of the boys will freak out and lose it, refusing to fight compared to the girls. Contrary to belief, I somehow feel that it’s either the fat guy, Kirie and Kako that will freak out in one of the scenarios and lose the battle somewhat.
They are the most immature ones among all of them, and it seems very likely that if they do fight, they will lose it. It’s just the reaction with Honda that makes me think that way about the two of them, during the first episode when they peeked at Honda while she is out on a swimsuit. Maybe, I am overly sensitive but who knows. However, I don’t really need spoilers to confirm my answer or disprove it. Hah.
The main gist of the story is left to the last. Waku is an interesting kid, with his verbal confirmation that he wants to be an unsung hero. Honestly, I think that he simply needed more family love from his father, who is not giving him the care that he wants. He seems to be extremely lonely, albeit his extroverted self. Every child wants to be loved by his or her parents, and Waku is no different, just that he has a greater need to be given some attention. I doubt he cares about winning or being shown with success, simply recognition by his father.
It’s sad though, that he no longer has the chance to. His father will never know anything. Did he die in vain? I do not know. Yes, people have told me that you never assume that a character is dead unless you see his body, but I think I have grounds to believe that he did. Moji certainly knew that something is clearly wrong when he saw the body of Waku plunging down after a slight nudge by Jun. Jun does not deserve it, even though I do not like him at all.
Did Waku die without resolving his issue or do you think that he has fulfilled his wish?