What is Samura saying?
- Most of the time, the best books, comics, and movies have a type of
message in each of their works. Star Wars talks about the Good vs.
Evil philosophical battle which is within each of us. X-Men talks
about discrimination and tolerance. In Laputa-Castle in the Sky,
there are blatant environmental messages throughout the movie.
What is Samura saying in Blade of the Immortal?
First, is the blatant issue of HONOUR. Throughout the entire series,
the two sides of conflict are basically about the case of honour--or
lack thereof. Kagehisa Anotsu's Itto-Ryu dismisses "honour" and
pushes winning for the sole purpose of winning, at any cost. Rin's
search for revenge against Anotsu is for the honour of her deceased
parents, and for herself, to avenge their deaths. But Samura
cleverly defends both positions, because Anotsu's reasons for
dismissing honour is because doing things just because it is deemed
honourable doesn't mean it is the right thing to do (i.e. hara-kiri)
and people begin to use "honour" as an EXCUSE, instead of what it is
really worth. Then, there is Rin, who we all feel sympathetic for
because of the loss of her parents and her continued journey to
defeat Anotsu for the sake of her and her parents' memory is quite
honourable and accepted.
Which brings another issue: The importance of Family. To Rin, Manji
and Makie, family is very important. Rin, of course, is easy to
explain. Manji, with his love of his sister. Makie, with her
mother, the reason she continued with the sword. However, at the
same time, that family can hurt them. The death of Rin's parents of
course led her to a bloody journey. Manji blames his sister's
predicament on himself, despite the fact that he killed his sister's
husband in self defence. Makie, of course, was KICKED OUT by her
family, along with her mother. So, conflicting issues here. Not to
mention the abuse Anotsu suffered under his grandfather, and because
of his grandfather's twisted view of honour, Anotsu began to develop
And back to my question: What is Samura saying here, then?
My theory: Samura is saying that in life, nothing is definite. He is
saying that family IS important (too many cases in Blade... to
dismiss that), but they can and will hurt you in some way. But
family is still family. Honour is fine, but don't use it as an easy
way out of a predicament or as an excuse. He is also saying that
life isn't fair, people's hearts do get broken and never heal, and
that hate and love aren't that much different. However, don't
despair -- there's always a silver lining in every cloud.
Heh. That was me trying to sound smart.
How 'bout you guys?