Warning: Spoiler for Oshi no Ko episode 4Oshi no Ko has been taking the anime community by storm, instantly raising the profile of the HiDive streaming service along with it. Much of its success can be attributed to the series’ massive gimmick that dramatically changed the tone of the story in the very dramatic first episode. But the story would actually be a lot better without it.
Reincarnations are only worthwhile when they actually add something to the plot. If the majority of the series’ events are going to happen without reincarnation, it’s a pointless addition. The reincarnated character needs to gain something of value in the new world that they can’t get in their normal life, or utilize skills and knowledge from a past life to their benefit. in the new world. Most especially, the relationships that these reincarnated people create must replace the relationships they have created in the real world.
Oshi no Ko Never need the reincarnation trick
But this isn’t the case in Oshi no Ko, originally by illustrator Mengo Yokoyari and writer Aka Akasaka, the mangaka behind Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War that brought a romantic intensity to Death Note. In fact, the series proved that there was no need for reincarnation at the end of the first 90-minute episode. The scene that brought the anime community to tears was just a touching sight for what everyone wanted: children watching their mother Ai Hoshino pass away. But that’s not what really happened. It’s actually a reincarnated terminal patient named Sarina (now Ruby), whose personality will forever be associated with the way she happily tainted another innocent pastime between mother and child. . Meanwhile, the other is former doctor Gorou Amemiya (now Aqua), who has a terrifying obsession with a teenage idol. He may have “inherited” his fandom from his former patient, who happens to be Sarina, but Sarina is now just a nursing fan. If Aqua and Rose were really children then things would be really tragic.
The only truly heartbreaking moment was when Ai told her “children” that she loved them even though she feared she could never love them. Basically, Ai wasted years worrying about something that wasn’t true and missed the opportunity to bond in this way with her children. The real emotional impact of this scene is a sense of loss and regret. But the fact that Aqua and Ruby aren’t real kids takes away that dynamic, and the irony left behind by the audience isn’t a suitable replacement. The real irony is that the scene would have had a stronger impact if it hadn’t been tainted with regeneration.
How exciting can Oshi no Ko’s reincarnation be
The only hope for redemption is that Aqua will deal with the fact that Ruby really is Sarina. But is that really enough? As of now, Oshi no Ko continues to prove reincarnation is not necessary in subsequent episodes. Part of that is shown in the only scene in the first episode that demonstrates the need for reincarnation when Aqua shines brighter than spoiled child actor Kana Arima in a movie. Aqua is just an attractive actor because he looks like a kid but acts like he’s grown a lot. This whole dynamic wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t respawned. But, since then, there have been other acting scenes, and Aqua no longer benefits from his advanced knowledge as he is much older, so his actions and manners he now matches him on a physical level. When he acted well in episode 4, it was based on an inherent skill that he would rely on regardless of whether he reincarnated or not.
While ironic and potentially deconstructing of reincarnation is like the 339 Years Punishment manga, this and many other things that might come after will never get over what may have happened. go out. Oshi No Komost wonderful scene.
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