Unlike last episode, I have a few thoughts on the presence of Hibito and how he and Mutta are mutually revealing in many ways. Hibito is and isn’t what I expected, mostly because of how well Mutta understands his younger sibling. While the overall message of episode 5 may have been that everyone is “missing something” or incomplete, I felt more compelled by the brothers’ interaction with one another.
Presumably, Mutta and Hibito have not met in some time, though there is no issue of it as Mutta knows Hibito almost as well as he knows himself. Mutta points out the hints of trivial disarray in Hibito’s approach to life. What was obviously amusing for myself was the sibling awareness. My younger brother and I are similar to the point that we see each other’s “chaos” when we visit and observe our places.
Though beyond the identification, I feel Hibito’s lack of perfection, his chaos, is relatively perfect. Whereas I think Mutta’s meticulous and seemingly exhaustive approach is exactly why he fails; a failed perfectionist. Mutta sees each piece of the machine and attempts to reconcile a method to the mayhem which may limit his perspective of the big picture. The presence of bicycles this episode struck me because “riding a bike” is a great point of comparison between the characters.
For those who ride bikes regularly [without falling into a river] the process is too simple for conscious decomposition into smaller movements. We feel the action as one or two units: pedal, steer. And here is where enumerating each involuntary sub-action works against the meticulous. If we think about every necessary motion, we will tire or fail. Hibito makes his success look easy in taking initiative towards larger steps, grouping minuscule details into intuitive motion. Satori, perhaps.
But Mutta can reach Hibito with his small-step approach. And we return to “one small step for man (Mutta), one giant leap (Hibito)…” I could go on, but… I enjoyed the episode. That is all.