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Song Portraits - "Breakaway" of Megumi Shimizu

     So, basically this is my first entry. I was wondering how to start for a long time. Not having enough spare time and motivation, I didn't write anything. But recently I came up with an idea of "song portraits". Being it a detail or some general idea it doesn't matter. I want to analyse analogies between random songs and characters, plots of various books/movies/anime. Just for fun. Also, I don't intend to write a deep and complicated essays (for my own safety ;) ), but I hope that my posts will be somehow interesting. On a side note, I'm not native English speaker, therefore my entries can contain some obvious mistakes, but I hope that they'll (my posts) be at least understandable. Hope you'll enjoy :)

Beware of spoilers in the latter part!

Here we've got Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson's song about a girl who wants to get out of her current "world" (rather popular motif within movies and literature). Small town, simple-minded (or the ones just don't understand her) people knowing almost everything about each other and always gossping - this is her clearly visible reality she wants to be freed from. This is a general overview and getting a little deeper will give us some rather subtle (and not) difference and similarities between this song and an obvious example from one of my recent favourite anime Shiki (lit. Corpse Demon). It was based on the novel of Fuyumi Ono, who was inspired by Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Similarities between two stories are easily visible but that's not the case. One of the examples could be a character called Susan Norton in King's novel and Megumi Shimizu in Ono's, respectively. Although they've got a similar dream of getting out from their hometown and going to a big city (rather capital, I guess), their personalities are utterly different. Also, I think that despite being much more annoying (at least for me), Megumi is more colorful and feisty (and got much more screentime), so I decided to focus on her. Oh, by the way, I didn't have a chance to read Ono's novel yet, so I gathered information relying on the anime adaptation. 

So, here we go. Apart from stalking a boy named Natsuno Yuuki and dreaming about being his girlfriend, Megumi is your average teenager who's keen on eccentric fashion and big city life. She hates her village and wants to get out of there. And here are some slight differences between the song's heroine and Megumi:
 "...Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here..."

No, definitely not. I've never seen a scene where Megumi said something like this. It's the opposite: she always pointed how much she hated the village and it's inhabitants (especially for not having any interest in the outside world). So just the second line is true about our heroine.

"...Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging around revolving doors..."

Wearing strange, eccentric and too colorful clothes? Wanting to be seen, becoming an idol for other teenagers like her? That's our Megumi - normal girl with an oridinary dreams? Fashion, fame and flashy things? Maybe a little too shallow and material? Who can you see? A little bit naive but strong-willed girl that is too young to undestand the new responisibilities and obstacles waiting for her if she tried to "breakaway" or selfish and shallow girl thinking only about herself and not even trying to imagine the consequences of her action? I guess that's both. All in all, Megumi's just a teenager - not a child anymore, but still a having a long way to become an adult. Still having sometimes stupid and naive dreams without any real life experience.

"...Out of the darkness and into the sun..."

Then... Which is it? Things become rather complicated when Kirishiki family moves to Kanemasa mansion in Sotoba. Megumi starts daydreaming about a noble family that came from a far away (presumably some big city) and is interested in her. Well... They later become interested in her but for "slightly" different reason. And so, here the darkness starts - shiny and sparkly Megumi is consumed by the shadows, dies and later becomes an undead vampire killing others villagers with disturbing pleasure, even her friends relatives. Did she really become so cruel or was it the only way fo her to exist after having her dreams destroyed? How much frustration did she hide? The viewers could see only her bestiality and hunger for blood. How much of that was her vampire instinct and how much her own nature? I guess she adapted to the new condition and survived pretty well casting away her conscience and dreams. Seeking redemption? No, I think she wasn't (yes, wasn't) that type of person. She never really came back to the "sunny" side (not that she had a chance to...). 

"...I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes til' I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway..."

"So much for my happy ending" is what the story wants to say. Being changed she enjoyed her full rights of the vampire. Later took advantage of the chaos and tried to escape by herself revealing that she still wanted to go to the big city. But whole novel/anime getting a rather downer ending resulted in almost every character going downward. So, Megumi is one of those sad examples having their dreams bitterly crushed (literally - by a certain tractor and a stake) by the fate. Her breakaway was almost impossible from the beginning and her dream was actually a small and unimportant detail in the ocean of all troubles presented in the story. 

Well, I guess that analogy was pretty obvious and easy to analyse, but everyone has their beginning and it's just for fun as I mentioned above. See you! :)
Tags: anime, song portraits

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