Haven’t quite finished this chapter yet, but I wanted to put down my impressions now before they’re inevitably changed.
The more I read through Higanbana, the more I find that it’s a tale not of justice - I hate that pretentious word with every fibre of my being - but rather, of retribution. It seems to be a very deliberate underlying theme encompassing every chapter. Retribution, an act that doesn’t inherently claim to be justified or not, it just is the way it is, is very well reflected in Higanbana’s character. It really seems that the story and the character having the same name was truly fitting indeed. Given my personal philosophy, the way the stories are carried out, allowing people to make their own mistakes, having them pay the inherent price for those mistakes, giving people the chance to settle things between themselves, it all appeals to me immensely.
That’s not to say that I think everything done in Higanbana is justified, indeed, I would never use that word. However, as much as I hate the concept myself, even I admit that people can throw around that word however they like. But, in a situation where things just are the way they are, being justified or not, from whoever’s perspective isn’t going to do you any good. Tragedies happen, and it’s easy to judge, but sometimes things just are the way they are, and no matter how hard you may try to understand them, you’ll never become the person in question.
Just wanted to put that out there and say that Shizuru-β is best girl.