I’m not often up-to-date on newer anime, but I did enjoy watching Masamune-Kun’s Revenge a few months ago. If you are into comedy series with some non-gushy romance, then this is the show for you! Mostly, what makes the show fun to watch is Masamune pretending to be the hottest thing on the block, only to panic when a girl speaks to him. He isn’t very good at articulating himself around the opposite sex–something I definitely experienced when I was his age.
The main premise of the anime, though, is vengeance.
Masamune Makabe, a high schooler with a huge ego, wants to win over the affection of Aki Adagaki for (get ready) revenge! Yes, he wants to date her and then break up with her in a humiliating way. Why? Because she made fun of him when he was younger. Masamune was an overweight boy who Aki mockingly called “pig’s foot,” so when he got older he worked out and ate healthier in order to have a stronger, more toned body. His new physique eventually goes to his head, causing him to think himself the hottest guy in school–a persona he flaunts with a smile. When Masamune discovers that Aki Adagki, the girl who rejects and humiliates any guy that attempts to ask her out, is the same girl that persecuted him in the past, he wants revenge.
Not only does he change his name so she won’t recognize him, but he also begins trying to seduce her so he can later dump her and disgrace her in front of the school. By doing this, Masamune believes he’ll get payback and force Aki to experience the same humiliation that she put him and others through.
Of course, as most anime goes, there’s a twist. Along with the help of Yoshino, Aki’s maid, Masamune starts to genuinely fall in love with Aki. However, Aki doesn’t simply fall for him. Masamune has to pursue her and recognize that the love and emotions he is feeling are very real. Aki doesn’t realize that Masamune is the same boy who she insulted several years ago. With this in mind, Masamune has to decide whether he will go through with his original plan of revenge, or forget it in the wake of his falling in love with his target.
Leviticus 19:18 – You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Mark 11:25 – “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
When I hold a grudge against someone, as mentioned in the above verse, it doesn’t help me or the person I am mad at. I have been angry at my parents for getting a divorce and leaving me without a father when I was only 2 years old, or at friends who betrayed my trust or talked badly about me behind my back. These people and the decisions that they made hurt me, but I did learn a powerful lesson in the process. As long as I am mad at them, I am the only one who is suffering. The people who I hold a grudge against merely go about their lives, not even thinking about (or perhaps even realizing) the pain they have caused me, yet I continue to sulk and be upset by their actions. I have two choices: to be angry and bitter, or to forgive and let God be in control. Ultimately, I chose to allow God to heal my heart and release me from the pain inflicted on it by others, and it has been a blessing of a decision.
Imagine if God paid us back for all the sin we ever committed against Him or others. Nobody would survive that kind of righteous judgement, which is why I am thankful that Jesus Christ already paid for my conviction with His blood and sacrifice (Romans 4:25). God doesn’t wish for anyone to perish in hell or live in sin, as that’s not His heart nor His desire for humanity (see 2 Peter 3:9). All His vengeance on me was removed when Christ took on all the sins of the world and was beaten and killed in my place. It’s so powerful to realize that the Son of God Himself took my place, so I would not have to suffer the wrath of God.
I don’t agree with Masamune’s plan of revenge, because it’s done out of pure spite. What should he have done instead? He should have found a proper moment to speak with Aki privately, and explained that he felt hurt because of what she had said to him but had grown out of that pain to become a more mature, stronger individual. Masamune may never forget what Aki once said to him, but he can choose to move past it instead of letting it weigh him down and consume him. Maybe Aki would just ignore his words and think him dumb for even bringing the incident up, but at least Masamune would have said his part and been able to move on with his life.
I’ve done this very thing with a few people who have hurt me, and–let me tell you–it brings a lot of relief! Even if it’s said through a simple text message or online chat, just telling the other person how you felt hurt by their wrongful words or actions but choose to forgive them anyway, brings a sense of closure. At least, it did to me.
Have you ever been hurt by someone and wanted to “take it out on them” later? How did your situation conclude, or what steps are you taking to fix it now? Tell me about your experiences in the comments section!
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