Very deep episode this week from Hamatora about the haves and have not.
Nice and Murasaki get a job from the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of youths. The director, Itou Shouko, wants them to investigate the Facultas Academy for flaws. Something they could use to bring it down. The director has a personal grudge against the Academy since anyone who graduates from the Academy gets an easy live. If you don’t have a minimum ability you have a much harder life compared to if you just had an ability of any type. I can see why lots of people could want to be a minimum when they are born without it. You get a good job with good pay and you have an ability that makes you strong in the eyes of the people without the minimum.
Art finds out that a drug called Nemcrois was being used to make non-minimums into holders and the money came from the Association for the Health, Protection, and Equality of youths. It turns out the drug was sent to our main serial killer, a professor by the name of Moral who is also a graduate of Facultas Academy.
Moral has a very different view on strength and power in the world. He says he’s trying to make everyone equal in the world by making non-innate minimum holders. Since there are minimum holders and non minimum holders there is an inequality in the world that needs to be fixed. Aka the Strong vs the Weak or the Winners vs the Losers. Would everyone having an ability really fix the problem? No I don’t really think everyone having an ability would fix the world’s inequality. I think there would still be a power struggle between the abilities.
At this point Moral starts talking about how people can only see perceive(see/feel) the world through the filter of their own values. If they have bad or mediocre values it can be harmless but overall they are worthless in the greater picture. Stating that a man who can kill is strong and a weak man could never get the power to step over the line. Moral sees crime is hated by others because there are weak men that can’t step over that line. So we use crime to make up for the weak
and Moral sees it as wrong. That the world should be based around the strong. I can see Moral’s point of view, there are lots of things in life you can look out and ask how can that person do that? Each year millions of people make new years resolutions, whats the difference between the people who can keep it up versus those who can’t? The power to step over the line or the will to keep moving on in the same way that Moral states in the episode. I can believe that people can be envy of those that keep their new years resolutions. Same thought process but with murder in the episode.
Moral continues to say that the weak come to hate and be envy of the strong. He pities the men that lack the will to act. This hits a core note in Art and as he is about to leave Moral sitting there Moral turns the idea onto Art. Saying that even Art is envy of the minimum holders because he doesn’t have a ability. He went to Facultas Academy and was able to pass even without an ability because of his wits. But he is still an outcast from his friends since he doesn’t have a ability like Nice and Murasaki. You can really see Art fighting himself as he clearly wants to kill Moral now and the pure enjoyment on Moral’s face is perfect for the scene. Not even worried because he knows Art is a weak man who can’t cross the line in front of him and become one of the strong.
Near the end of the episode we learn that Moral helped the director’s son get a minimum ability so he could have fun. Art is sickened at the thought of fun being turned into a monster but is even more shocked when he hears Nice say the same thing as Moral. I can see Art thinking to himself that he could maybe understand if he had an ability like his friends. Lucky we see him stop himself before it gets out of control.
Also learn about Moral’s true goal for making non-innate minimum holders. Its to surpass the number one student from Facultas Academy: Nice. Has the idea that surpassing Nice will save him from something. So far I’m liking Moral the best out of all the characters. The hamatora team needs more background to each of them, I’m not really connected to any of them yet.
Episode rating: 8.5/10