>>122973502 Seriously, deciding whether or not to like Galfa unironically is difficult. He started out brilliant, and even when you think he's turned heel, he consciously didn't rape Maria, and only goads Joseph on about it, among other assholeries, because he's preconditioned against people of higher status from being looked down as a moor all his life.
>>122973502 The airing threads almost always get 500 replies, so among the group that does watch it, it's talked about a fair bit. The problem is that people get put off by the wonky title, and it takes a few eps for the good part to become apparent. Galfagate didn't help any either.
It's a show that really deserves a Madoka level of critical praise, but is destined to be forgotten except for some great webms.
>>122973789 I think it's okay to like Galfa. People should learn that being an awful person doesn't make you a bad character. Some of my favorite characters are failures of human beings.
>>122973843 Joseph represents everything Galfa lacks from an honor and dignity standpoint. Galfa's the kind of guy would rather eliminate that source of shame than work to better himself. You don't have to feel guilty about screwing someone over if that person's dead.
That's why Lotte walks in on the battle later. Lotte has no honor, and doesn't care. She's the good version of Galfa. The lovable scoundrel we were all hoping Galfa would turn out to be.
>>122973843 Because he was hired to do so by the mayor of wherever the fuck they all live. the mayor had had enough of joseph being a whiny argumentative bitch and asking him to pardon maria was the final straw.
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>>122976109 The reasoning is the same. He's just more specific.
Maria as a witch can act outside of the rules of humans and therefore shouldn't interfere in human activities as her intervention is concidered an external impetus. If you leave the humans to their own devices they'll eventually be able to solve their problems on their own, but if you keep interfering they'll never get to that level.
>>122976167 First you have to understand that faith=power. Aside from his morals, he also has an ulterior motive to suppress wide spread worship of other deities. (Maria gets her powers by invoking pagan gods, though there might also be a genetic component to her witchery).
>Maria: Why doesn't god answer prayers? >Mike: God isn't in the business of doing that. Humans came up with that practice all on their own. >Maria: Why doesn't god just fix all the problems if he's so great? >Mike: That's be dumb and retarded. If that was the case God would have just wrote a story. Learn 2 freewill. We don't really care what you do just do it quietly. >Maria: No >Mike: Punishment time
>Maria: Why doesn't god just fix all the problems? >Mike: Stop disrupting the natural order >Maria: No. >Mike: Punishment time.
The anime leave it up to the viewer to figure out what "natural order" means. There's some hints, there's a lot of references to the The Great Chain of Being, and there's this idea that there's this natural flow to the human ecosystem, part of which is war. But ultimately these philosophies are undermined by the thing I said at the beginning. Michael is a thug protecting his boss's territory. Viv calls him out on this.
>Viv: God doesn't even know what love is! >Mike: ...
This problem is also present in the Manga, but it comes across as more reasonable because Michael brings up the concept of freewill, makes a clear distinction between the doctrines of the church of the earth and the church of the heavens.
It remains to be seen how what Michael's reaction to the latest events of the anime will be. It could have a big impact on how to interpret his character.
>>122976672 I feel like the clearer manga explanation may come up in the finale. Seems that it'd fit best in the end, as up to now, the show has only seemed to play up the image of the all-oppressive Christianity. If they were justified before, things like Viv declaring God knows no love and that Michael is his bitch would be slightly weaker with the knowledge that the heavens actually have solid reasoning for what they do.
I'm thinking that since Maria was doing everything solo and wasn't actually a good representation of the "civilian" her actions were considered outside of the natural order.
Now that she's tried to assimilate herself as part of the world(getting a boyfriend) god might let her do what she wants. The other witches still treat humans like they're seperate, lower beings, and Maria wasn't really all that different a while ago.
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