A World without Malevolence
Continuing on their travels, Sorey takes the chance to rest whilst Rose engages in a ‘business deal’, which turns into a small fight with her coming out on top regarding some stolen goods.
They arrive in Lastonbell and Rose continues with her trade. But when she returns to her base it seems the news of the Shephard being there has reached unwanted ears in Sergei of the army who wants to ‘escort’ Sorey. Rose steps in to stop anything from happening but Sergei sticks around to keep an eye on him.
At night Rose leaves Sorey to ‘train’ but actually heads off on an assassination mission to kill the corrupt bishop.
If you’ve followed me enough over the years, you’ll know that I love a good rant, especially if it’s at all philosophical, and Mayvin posed a good question. Killing one to save many, is that malevolent? And accepting a necessary ‘evil’, is that malevolent? When it comes to questions like this I always rely on good old perspective.
The first question is sort of one about numbers, logically killing one to save more than one is a good choice. But humans aren’t always creatures of logic and emotions get in the way. I think if such an act actually happened and people looked back at it from a historical point of view with hindsight, they would’ve said they act was the right thing to do, how bad it is. I recently watched a documentary on the current situation in some NHS hospitals where there’s a problem with a lack of space. The person in charge of the hospital said that she often goes home and starts crying because she’ll have made the ‘right’ choice on the day, but it may not necessarily be the best choice for some.
In the context of the anime though, they’re definitely leaning towards the ‘logical’ approach for what’s malevolent and what isn’t as the last scene and Rose herself proves. She is not tainted by malevolence and yet carries out assassinations as part of her every day job alongside her trade. She believes she is doing the right thing and so is not tainted. In which case that would point to malevolence being influenced by human feelings, i.e. it is knowing something is a bad thing and then still doing it. I guess that may be what people consider ‘evil’ to begin with.
Still, it’s a very open question that has no right or wrong answer and is likely decided on a logical basis if you have no emotional attachment or can look past that. If you do act on it, I wouldn’t say that’s a malevolent act. Do what you think is right.
Apart from that, this episode kicks off the second season nicely. The adventures continue on a relaxed and lighthearted note as we get back into things and small flashbacks and discussions of what happened last season is more than enough, at least for me, to remind myself of the story so far. I have also now completely forgotten the storyline of the game, so I’ve decided not to revisit that but continue and enjoy this storyline instead, if different.