Well, so far my fears seem to be unfounded. This episode, at the very least, did not contain even a hint of sexual humor. That’s always a good thing. In essence, the episode focuses on Erika’s desire to find true romance, which would then break her need for Sata and enable her to break free from his control. Enter Kimura, who saves her from some bullies, checks up on her, and bandages her knee. He even takes her on a date. In short, everything that Erika could want in a guy is embodied in Kimura.
Truth be told, this is a predictable episode. From the get go, it’s easy to figure out that things clearly aren’t what they seem. This isn’t a boring kind of predictable, though, as it becomes a game of figuring out exactly how things are going to play out. We may be able to figure out the general direction of the events, but it’s still fun to see the specific details, and that’s what makes this episode worth watching. You’re essentially waiting to see when and how things will turn sour.
That’s not to say this episode is without some sweetness (at least, by this show’s standards). While it’s hard to argue Sata as even remotely being a “good” guy, the ending of the episode suggests that he might have a heart somewhere in that chest of his. It would even be endearing that he stands up for Erika, if not for the fact that he basically makes a statement labeling her as his property. In all of this, we see what was another inevitability: the start of Erika falling for Sata. I mean, come on, we all know that’s where this is going, right?
A Christian Perspective:
A valuable lesson to take away from this episode is that our love should not depend on our emotions. Of course, we all have those times when we say we love someone and have that statement backed up by our emotional feelings. That’s how it was for me after I was first saved, and I imagine I’m not the only one. In another sense, when we first meet our spouses and begin dating them, we grow to love them, and that knowledge is backed up by emotion. Some might use this to define being “in love.” But what happens when those feelings fade? Is our love based on something more solid and true than our fleeting emotions, or do we fall apart and find ourselves disappointed because we relied on something so flimsy?
This is essentially what happens to Erika in this episode. She assumes that she is in love with Kimura because he is nice to her, and that, in turn, makes her feel a certain way. In the end, with her heart broken and with Sata as her only source of comfort, she is informed by Sata (of all people!) that she couldn’t rely on her feelings, essentially, because she was actively looking for romance. While this particular explanation doesn’t meld well with the overall lesson above, the general theme is what’s important here: our feelings can lie, or, at the very least, deceive. It’s not so much how we conduct ourselves and devote ourselves when we feel emotionally strong towards the one we love—be it our love for Jesus or our love for our significant other—that matters. It’s what we do when we don’t “feel” that love. Do we rely on the truth–that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and that He will never leave us or forsake us and is therefore worthy of our loyalty? Do we rely on the evidence that we may have read in support of the resurrection (my apologetics fans will know what I mean)? Or do we turn away and assume that what we felt for Jesus was just a passing wind and not real, because we don’t feel the same way anymore?
Admittedly, I don’t have a particular Scripture to point you to. Yes, Jesus makes it very clear that we are to trust in Him, but, offhand, I cannot think of any Scripture that specifically tells us not to rely on our emotions (though, I also cannot think of one that tells us to do so). The best I can offer you is personal experience, in that serving Jesus, sacrificing for Jesus, and even the idea of dying for Jesus, were much easier things to stomach when I was on that “spiritual high” of first being saved. It becomes much more challenging when we don’t “feel” some kind of great emotion to drive us on, perhaps because we don’t feel like we’re getting anything in return–when we don’t feel the “warm fuzzies.” It is at this point that we must determine if our devotion to Jesus was real and based on the foundation of who He is, or if it was simply based on the fact that He made us feel good at the time. My pastor once explained to me that sometimes God will do that—He will pull away a bit to see if you will stick with Him, or if you’ll walk away from Him once the feeling’s gone.
Language: 1 “a**”, 1 “dumba**”; 1 “h*ll”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Violence: Three girls start tugging on Erika; Erika is hit with several different types of sporting balls (volleyball, basketball, tennis ball, etc.); a character is punched in the face; Sata flicks Erika in the forehead