Well, I know Kuzu no Honkai was an anime that causing a lot of raging in anime community, but that’s not what I want to talk about. I only learned about it because of 4chan/a/ shitposting, which prompted me to watch the first episode, and my thought was…
“What a crazy story, man. Okay, I’ve gotta put this anime down and read the manga instead.”
Why did I decide to read the manga instead? First, this type of romance drama is best reading in manga form. Second, the anime is too emphasing smut and sex, which is not my cup of tea. And finally, the manga is nearly completed, so there is almost no waiting for more episodes/chapters.
In short, Kuzu no Honkai is a story about young people who are tormented by unrequited love. Unable to fulfill their love, they turning to other people as replacements, harming (psychologically) both themselves and other people in the process. Of course, the story is told in a exaggerated melodramatic way, that why it’s so controversial. Some praising it for being “realistic”, some calling it for being so f**cked up cuckolding-fest. For me, I keep my opinion that Kuzu no Honkai is an interesting story.
It is interesting in the way it describing the unrequited love drama, really bizarre that it couldn’t happen in reality, but somehow still making me thought about it.
In the end of manga, all scum characters (kuzu meaning scum) got their redemption moments and found their “supposedly” true love. But the question is, why they must suffer so much pain and misery, just to find their way out of the mess? Why they are acting like romance and love are only things in their lives?
I think it was due to our modern society had over-commercialised romantic love, spreading the idea that you could only be “proper” member of society if you had a lover, or not being a virgin. While in reality, there are many things worth living for, not just romantic love. Our society considers having many shallow relationships is a good thing, and on the other hand, society also alienates people who are too sensitive to accept shallow relationship. Eventually, this leads to the problem of hikikomori (social recluse) in Japan, or 4chan “basement dweller” in the West. Kuzu no Honkai was only bring out the dark side of this modern “ideology of love”, albeit in an melodramatic way.
So the only true way for getting out of the mess is not criticising the scums of Kuzu no Honkai, instead, the current society’s view of romantic love must be criticised.