In Midnight occult civil servants episode 9, "The Dream Demon of the Haunted Apartment Block", Arata Miyako is assigned to a metropolitan occult division to foster better relations between the city and precincts. At first, Arata gets along well with the two men he's working with, but as time goes on, one of them, Satoru Kanoichi, just seems off. They've heard of Arata's ability to understand the Anothers, but they seem to react differently than Kyouichi Sakaki, Seo Himezuka, or anyone else from his team. Is Arata safe when he's working with them? Just what is Satoru's problem?
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Best Moment in the Show
Satoru epitomizes a particularly dangerous form of evil: one that is bureaucratically sanctioned and one that draws the praise of those who don't have a strong moral character. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The best moment in this episode was a reprehensible act. I'm calling it my favorite moment because of what it could mean for the series. It could elevate the series from something that's merely interesting and thought-provoking to something that does what art should do: hold up a mirror to our world and helps us understand it a little better.
Arata had been assigned to the Tokyo Metropolitan Nocturnal Culture and Environmental Department as part of an exchange program. He was investigating an Another who played games with children in their dreams. If the children lost, they had to stay with the Another while their bodies remained asleep. Obviously, this was a big problem. Arata, using his Ears of Sand, was able to convince the Another to give the children back in exchange for Arata taking him to a place where he could not feel lonely.
As he brought the Another out of the building, he met the two co-workers from the Metropolitan division. One of them, Satoru Kanoichi, seemed the type to try to hide his cynicism, but otherwise, seemed competent enough.
That is, until he used some talismans to immobilize the Another. Then he stomped it to death (19:38).
When Arata called him on it, he called Arata a "naive idiot" and lambasted him for associating with Anothers like Kohaku. He also said that Arata was untrustworthy and was looked at as an unwelcome aberration by most of the others in their line of work.
By the end of the scene, I was furious on Arata's behalf. How will he react to this? The show's standing on the edge of greatness, and I really hope it takes the next step.
What's that next step? It's my experience that there is nothing more dangerous than a human who wears a facade of the greater good, but who is in reality acting out of fear. It might be one of the most insidious and lethal traits affecting our world today. If Midnight occult civil servants can give us an interesting perspective on this phenomenon, it'll far exceed my expectations!
Otherwise, it could still remain interesting, which isn't a bad thing at all!
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