Medaka Box and The Two Sides of Humanity
Although the first season of Medaka Box only somewhat touched upon the manga’s introduction parts, during the final arc of the anime, it introduces an interesting thought, the good and the evil parts of humanity.
One needs no reason for rising above others. I want my eyes to be able to see over everything, that is all. You know? Like how I was able to see all of you men trying so hard.
The heroine of the anime, Kurokami Medaka, as one would expect, loves humans to the very core. She believes in the good of people and even for ones who are bad and vicious, she believes that they were strayed from the right path, and that they used to be good. Such thoughts would really require extreme trusts in humans, and since she is the student council president, whether or not this mindset of hers is good or not good is debatable. Her overwhelming altitude she compels on other people fortunately provides her with decent control and leadership on the students.
If you claim to love humans, that should include their lies and betrayals, their sins and ugliness, their jealousy and immaturity, their hatred and conflicts. It’s cheating to say that you love humans but ignore their flaws. Pride, envy, gluttony, wrath, greed, lust and sloth. All these qualities exist in everyone!
The last arc features the main antagonist of the series, Unzen Myouri, who is an exact opposite to Medaka, he hates humans literally. Unzen is an aggressive and merciless individual, and is even abnormally stubborn at times. Unlike Medaka, he believes that everyone is naturally bad and evil from the start, and mostly look at the ugly sides of humanity. Even at such a young age, he is already the Chairman of the Public Morals Committee. Unzen believes that “justice means nothing unless you go overboard”, and unlike Medaka’s persuasive tactics, he uses force and violence to ensue leaderships and righteousness.
Both Medaka and Unzen are like the different sides of Yin and Yang, one is passive, while the other one is aggressive. It is difficult to debate just who is more correct in their methods as Zenkichi put it, “both are just too right”. Medaka is right in the way that all humans aren’t evil, at least, technically aren’t. Humans are generally passive creatures and it’s only mostly due to bad childhoods, incidents or environments which led them astray. Unzen, again, is absolutely correct. Humans are also dark entities who are easily controlled by the sins they manifested within themselves. Jormungand for one, easily depicts the ugly nature of humanity.
Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preferences. In my opinion, humans are indeed contradicting creatures, but if I were to make a choice, I think I can relate to Unzen’s choices and ways of doing things more instead of Medaka’s. While I don’t use force and violence on such drastic levels, I’m also the type who believe more in the darkness of humans rather then their “kind” nature. I’m very cynical, always looking things in the bigger picture and to make exceptionally sure not to trust one fully.
Medaka and Unzen, whose ideals do you believe in more?