Honestly Devil Survivor 2 is quite a frustrating show for me. The story of the video game felt so much more enriching and deep. But I’ve decided to take a step back and take the show for what it is going forward. I just need to unburden myself of the expectations that I have. There just might be a satisfactory show hidden underneath that my fandom colored glasses won’t let me see…. At least I hope so. With my confessions out of the way, I feel a lot more better. Let’s just take a look at what others had to say about the show.
The two long ears on Hibiki’s hoodie symbolizes the white Moon Rabbit, an important character in various ancient cultures around the world, most prominently Mesoamerican and East Asian ones. In their stories the rabbit came to represent both self-sacrifice and heroism, two characteristics which Hibiki exemplifies. One story that establishes both qualities is found in the Buddhist Śaśajâtaka:
In one of his pervious births the Bodhisatta was born as a hare in Varanasi. He had three friends – a monkey, a jackal and an otter. Together they resolved to practise charity on the Uposatha day (the day of fast), that was to occur on the following day. In the tradition it was believed that one who stood fast in moral practice and alms-giving on that day would earn a great reward.
Next day, the otter brought seven red fishes abandoned on the bank of the Ganga river. The jackal wrongfully pilfered a lizard and a pot of milk-curd from somebody’s house. The monkey brought a bunch of mangoes. All these three were willing to offer their gifts to some beggar as act of charity. But the hare, when browsing the grass, felt that the grass would not be a good item for alms-giving. He, therefore, decided to offer his entire body in charity.
-The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
The Moon Rabbit immolates himself to feed the beggar, literally giving up his body in order to save someone else. Hibiki’s mentality mimics the unselfishness of his mythological counterpart. He would rather put himself in the crossfire of the Septentriones than the lives of those around him. To him the value of another life vastly out scales the worth of his own.
@CamulaHikari: WOW, Joe came out of nowhere ._. #DeSu2
I’m just going to use this moment to vent… How could Joe become such a nonentity in the show when in the actual video game he was such an integral character from the beginning. I was saddened by the fact that his girlfriend was already dead in the television series only for the sake of tragedy, while in the game her presence was instrumental to his growth. I would have been far happier if he was just absent from the show. As of now, he just feels like an afterthought.
@theglorystar: I hope the #DeSu2 anime continues to deliver with Jungo and Airi hanging out for my weekly dose of hnnnnnnnngh.
I’m enjoying Jungo and Airi as well. Since the narrative is taking such liberties with the source material, I think they should have been integrated earlier. They have excellent chemistry with one another and are a breath of fresh air in the ruins of Japan. Hopefully they can keep their charm and not get sucked into the dark gloom at the center of the plot.
That’s it for this week! How are you feeling about the fifth episode? Do you agree or disagree with the points made? Until next week!