Manyuu Hikenchou is the most politically-charged show in decades

Alternative titles: ‘SO I heard you guys like boobs’, ‘I’m an utter asshole’, and ‘Why the fuck am I watching Manyuu Hikenchou?’

Taking advantage of the incoming National Day holidays to take a break from studying like a stereotypical Asian to watch episode 2 of Manyuu Hikenchou. Seriously, there isn’t enough love for this show. Just a bunch of asswipes writing parody and satire based off of its brilliant and thought-provoking material. But I’m sure you think I’m an asswipe too. Wrong. Let me assist you in seeing the brilliant work that is Manyuu Hikenchou. For this episode, I shall relate the idea of power with political parties / governments, like the PAP like whatever won’t get me into trouble.

In the first scene, we see this child bump into a character with huge knockers, who clearly is of higher status than him. She then scolds him, telling him that ‘commoners should stick to the side of the road’, ‘you got dirt on my beautiful breasts’, and that ‘my breasts defy all laws of gravity’. Okay, so I might have added that last part in, but still. She then proceeds to try and whack him with her umbrella. I’m sure most people don’t see anything from this scene, but I’m sure you, the enlightened reader, can fix the puzzle yourselves. You see, the woman is the one with power, over the commoner, much akin to the idea of a government having power over the citizen. Then, it is often phrased so that it’s the citizen’s fault for making the government look bad. (“You didn’t look where you were going either!”) And lastly, the government takes ‘corrective measures’ to purge these elements from society and exercise its power.

The next Katsuragi Hana

But at the last moment, the complete opposite of that woman steps into the ring and shields the blow. Yes, Manyuu Chifusa. She represents the unspoken voice of many citizens (in case you forget) , who all believe that the system is wrong. They want to rise against those in power, to change the way things work and adjust it so that everyone benefits. Manyuu Chifusa wants a society where everyone, regardless of breast size, would have equal rights. A society that is fair and not based off values such as one’s measurements.

Then we see their predicament: the lack of another form of power – money. The woman from earlier was fucking loaded. (No pun intended, no person called ‘Loaded’ here) but Chifusa, despite her power, was nothing more than a samurai. (Leading vs. minority party here?) And thus, Hana  Kaede comes up with the idea of performing for money – and comes up with many lies and scandalous tactics to get money. Of course, the righteous Chifusa objects. (with a ladder to the head.) You see, she wants to earn their trust through honest means, and not through lies and deception. And what does she sacrifice then? Look at the image, at the raining money. She doesn’t feel good about lying to have earned some money, despite having talent. Yet another parallel of how political powers hold us, the citizen, in check?

Then later at the inn, they sensed the Manyuu’s assassins, apprehended them and then left the town. Seems like a pretty minor development. But when you consider Chifusa to be the righteous one who rises against the political system of big-boob-superiority, it takes on a whole new level of meaning.You see, they now sense the government and political power (Manyuu Clan) ‘s attempts to seal them away. Having apprehended and realized what exactly they had been doing, they decide to leave the town (country) in search of somewhere safer. And where do they go to?

Seek political refuge from that innkeeper they met earlier, the one who got the crowds to leave by exposing her breasts. All is fine and dandy for the pair as they get great food and whatnot, but as they proceed to the bath the innkeeper reveals her true nature.

You see, it turns out that the innkeeper is an assassin as well. By slipping drugs into their food, she makes Kaede Hana and starts to hypnotize Chifusa by the rapid movement of her breasts, a Manyuu Clan assassination strategy.

 

Significance? Firstly, the drugs represent the media and education systems which change the citizen’s mindsets in accordance to the government’s ideal. And we see that this innkeeper, this new face, is no different from any from the Manyuu Clan : with the same values and thoughts and moves. She too, wants to suppress people like Chifusa.

And what do we get after Chifusa defeats her? She left her a scroll to prevent the innkeeper’s breasts from drooping. Here is someone who almost got killed, giving her would-be killer help for her problems. It’s like Bree giving Jason Voorhees some mask polish and a whole arsenal of deadly weapons for no fucking reason.

Is that a pair of deer antlers you're using to kill me? Here, have this shotgun instead!

And why? Because Chifusa is a fool. She thinks that through sheer determination and big breasts alone, she can fix this century-old system. She is naive. She believes in the impossible. She is unable to accept the truth. And thus her battle continues.

Once again, Chifusa is a righteous fool who believes that on her own she can fight the power. She needs help in her quest to change the system as she simply cannot do it alone, Kaede being her first aide. And thus, their battle will continue…for another 10ish episodes.

Good thing about being a litfag? You can analyse EVERYTHING

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4 Responses to Manyuu Hikenchou is the most politically-charged show in decades

  1. Anonomyous says:

    Where exactly is any country in the world a place that does not “hold the citizen in check”. Any place with more than 3 people will form a social order. In any social order wll be rules that are acceptable to the majority of the components.

    Take a group of friends, if someone steps out of line (example, a smoker in a bunch of strict non-smokers in a lift), he or she will get the sharp end of a joke, a pointed remark or a outright scolding. If the situation is uncomfortale/annoying/etc to most of the group. then others will either silently agree, try to advise the person or join in in the jeering. The 1 person has a choice. Find new friends or adjust to the unspoken social rule in the group.

    That was a micro situation. In the macro case, this extends to the case of the laws of a nation. Laws are just social rules that are supposed to be applied without prejudice. One easy example is the age of consent in various countries (some may have a range such as japan and usa). Why are they so different. Scientific basis or social basis?

    What does that have to do with anything? It is to show that there is no place that does not “hold the citizen in check”. Worse examples come to mind with vote stuffing (Africa) or outright dictatorship (Middle East). Only if you live alone as a hermit, you can do anything you want, though in this case you’ll need survival skills just to get food and water.

    As a side note, it is also useful to ask yourself, so if i disagree with this or that, what would i think should be the correct way? Then think about applying said method and its effects in 50 years. A common example is immigration (Japan’s policy vs the Norway bomber). The most obvious question is that in 20 years when japan’s dropping birth rate and increasing old folk reach critical point, what happens? This is on top of being saddled by debt and having its “growth” being mostly driven by public spending (which is financed by said debt so its a vicious spiral). In cases where immigration is allowed, you see a likely increase in crime and frayed social cohesion such as that which led to the Norway killer. In most cases, its always a choice between pros and cons. No perfect answer exists

    • Valence says:

      Exactly. Chifusa wants to fight against the powers which hold society in check, and thus is attacked every step of the way. No perfect answer exists, but she thinks she found one.

  2. glothelegend says:

    That censored picture was the funniest thing I’ve seen all day.

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