DDD: Junk the Eater – An Exquisite Introduction to the Madness
In anime, stories are always told in a specific manner, perhaps one with a slowly consequential manner or perhaps even one with structureless pacing. The latter one can sometimes be a mess, yet it can sometimes be a success, and DDD’s first chapter, JtheE (Junk the Eater), definitely leaned more on the success side, and can be said nothing more but an exquisite introduction to the madness.
DDD (Decoration Disorder Disconnection), is a light novel series written by Kinoko Nasu, a renowned Type-Moon author. Kinoko Nasu had been writing dozens of mind-blowing stories, Fate/Stay Night, Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai; all these has plots which sparks considerable intrigue. DDD doesn’t let up as well and already on the very first page, we are already introduced to the very maddening ambiance of DDD.
Before we continue on this mad post ourselves, I guess I need to structured my post better and provide some insight on the settings and the characters first. For the former, I’ll just take this from wikia:
“Abnormal Antagonist Syndrome, commonly known as “Demonic possession” prevailed in Japan. Patients of the syndrome have malfunction in the secretion of the neurotransmitters and it gives rise to the acquisition of new parts in the body and supernatural power. The patients of “A-Syndrome” were unnaturally concentrated in Shikura city. Arika Ishizue lost his left arm in the A-syndrome related accident and hospitalized. After he left the hospital and went back to Shikura, he met a beautiful boy named Kaie Karyou who has no limbs and is living in a dark basement. The boy asked him to exorcise the “Demons” possessing A-Syndrome patients. Arika was involved in the bizarre cases and the fights with the Demons”.
Anyhow, I’ll talk about the two major characters, Arika and Kaie, who both have quite prominent presences in the first chapter, JtheE. Arika is a man who somehow lost his left arm in a bizarre accident from way back. The accident also caused a side effect where Arika was diagnosed with slight mental instability.
Being incredibly disabled, he struggled when finding a job, and somehow found out about Kaie, who became his employer. The beautiful young boy, who had appearances like a girl
a trap, in other words is completely limbless, and Arika’s job include attaching and detaching prosthetic arms and legs for him.
Of cause, this job is more then meets the eye. Kaie is from an incredibly rich and powerful family, in fact, the existence of Kaie itself is shrouded in absolute mystery. Kaie possessed “demon” limbs, which contain extreme powers. At times, Arika is tasked by Kaie to handle A-Syndrome cases, where he might even need to exorcise said “demons”, and in order to do so, he borrowed one of Kaie’s “demon” limb.
As you can see, the story is incredibly interesting, and it’s improper structure serves nothing more but to reinforces this strength of the light novel. Characters are charming too, which brings out the story. The main character, Arika, is an apathetic yet sarcastic individual; his narrations and monologue are always fun to read. Other characters are quite interesting too though aside from Kaie, the rest aren’t being exposed as much as of this chapter.
It seems like the next few chapters will focus on other settings and characters, and the perspective of the main character is shifted as well: we will no longer be following Arika’s footsteps. I feel that the madness in first chapter was already at peak point, and since all good things must come to an end, it’s a good choice to take a break from that and focuses on other views and perspectives. In a way, I think DDD represents Kara no Kyoukai a lot with their structure, though I couldn’t say for sure since I have yet to read Kara no Kyoukai’s light novels (only watched the anime movies).