Well, I knew Kuzu no Honkai was an anime that was 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? The first reason is that, it’s better to read this type of in manga form (P.S. to everyone who still watching anime rather than reading manga or novels, I suggest reducing the time spent watching anime, because it wastes a lot of time). Second, the anime emphasised too much smut and sex, which is not my cup of tea and moreover, it might direct you away from the overall picture. 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 fulfil their love, they turn to other people as replacements, harming (psychologically) both themselves and other people in the process. Of course, the story is told in a exaggerated and melodramatic way, that why it’s so controversial. Some praise it for being “realistic”, while some call it out for being a f**cked up cuckolding-fest. I’m a simple man 🙂 hence, I keep my opinion that Kuzu no Honkai is an interesting story.
It is interesting by the way it describes the unrequited love drama, which was really bizarre that it couldn’t happen in reality, but somehow still made me thought about it.
In the end of manga, all of the “scums” (kuzu meaning scum) got their redemption moments and found their “supposedly” true love (P.S. quite a fairy tale and axed way of ending). But I think the important question is that, 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 the only things in their lives?
In my honest opinion, it’s due to our modern society has over-commercialised romantic love, spreading the idea that you could only be a “proper” member of society if (and only if) you had a lover, or not being a virgin. While in reality, there are many things in our lives that worth living for, not just romantic love. Our society considers having many shallow relationships is a good thing, and on the other hand, our society also alienates people who are too sensitive to accept shallow relationships. Eventually, this leads to the problem of hikikomori (social recluse) in Japan, or 4chan “basement dwellers” (robots, incels, etc…) in the West. Kuzu no Honkai only brought out the dark side of this modern “ideology of love”, albeit in an melodramatic way.
So the true way to overcome this mess is to not criticise the scums of Kuzu no Honkai, instead, our society’s view on romantic love must be criticised.